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Walsh assist can help to get Klinnsman off mark for Harty


Ruby Walsh will be looking to guide Klinnsman to victory at Punchestown tonight

Ruby Walsh will be looking to guide Klinnsman to victory at Punchestown tonight

Ruby Walsh will be looking to guide Klinnsman to victory at Punchestown tonight

Klinnsman has missed three successive targets but he is napped to take his chance under Ruby Walsh at Punchestown tonight.

Eddie Harty has twice scratched his unexposed six-year-old after rainfall altered ground conditions and at Ballinrobe last week he was denied a run as a reserve.

With selective watering taking place at Punchestown to maintain ground officially described as good, Klinnsman should finally get the chance to build on his promising handicap debut at Tipperary.

On that occasion in the middle of April, the Germany gelding finished with a real flourish to be fourth behind Hard Bought, beaten less than a length off a mark of 103.

He is three pounds higher now, but the suspicion is that he will be able to justify that with a first career win.

Although Klinnsman has yet to finish in the first three after four hurdle starts, he was placed in both of his bumpers, notably when denied just a head by the subsequent dual Grade One winner Lieutenant Colonel on his track bow here two years ago.

That is an indication of his ability, so he is fancied to break his duck over flights for Walsh.

Walsh is also expected to go close aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Indevan in the opening conditions chase. Mouse Morris' recent course winner Real Steel, Darwins Fox and Savello are among those capable of mixing it up in this, and each of those has the benefit of a recent outing.

Indevan hasn't run since finishing second to Shanahan's Turn here in November. That is 199 days ago so he is at a slight disadvantage now, but that he was capable of running as well as he did in that Grade Two shows just how much he has progressed since switching from hurdles last summer.

From five chasing starts, he won three times before his latest outing, which came over two miles and six furlongs, with his wins recorded over two-and-a-half.


As such, the drop to two-and-a-quarter here is a concern, but he is the sort of horse that can race keenly, so the ploy might be to burn off the opposition from the front over this trip whilst fresh.

Gordon Elliott's Down Royal winner Make A Track gets the nod to follow up in the two-mile-six equivalent here, while Peter Casey's Eight Till Late could also follow his decisive Limerick victory with another in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

Andrew Lynch's mount is highly effective on good ground, so he could make a bold bid to score for a third time in four starts now.

Irish Independent