Thursday 16 August 2018

WATCH - Our experts tip up a very appealing treble on Day Three of the Punchestown Festival Newsdesk Newsdesk

Our experts are predicting big race success for Willie Mullins in today's Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle on Day Three at Punchestown.

Speaking on our Punchestown preview, in association with BoyleSports, Niall Cronin of The Herald and the Irish Independent's racing correspondent Johnny Ward both believe Nichols Canyon will confirm himself as the top three-mile hurdler in today's feature.

The horse will enjoy going righthanded and proved on Cleeve Hill that he will stay.

The one unknown in the race is Gordon Elliott's Sutton Place which has yet to come up against this sort of company.

"He could be one of the most exciting horses in training at the moment but we don't know how good he is," Cronin said.

"He is the horse I am really looking forward to seeing."

Both Ward and Cronin are taking on favourite Great Field in the Ryanair Novice Chase at 6.40.

Townshend for Ruby and Willie is Cronin's selection while Ward is tipping up Ballyoisin.

Ward talked up the chances of Tony Martin's Sweet Company in the JLT Handicap Hurdle at 3.40 after her performance in Cork last time out. Cronin believes Ted Walsh's Old Castletown will appreciate the conditions and could be a horse to back each-way at around 10/1.

Cheltenham winner Tully East will be very popular in the handicap chase at 4.15 but Cronin feels that Potters Point can build on his win at Fairyhouse and cross the winning post first.

Cantlow is not opposed by either of our experts in the La Touche.

Both our experts believe Barra and Next Destination are good bets in our final two races and believe a treble on both those horses and Cantlow could be the bet of the day.

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