4.25 Punchestown 3m Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+ 0-150)
Ramillies goes into handicaps for the first time of what could be a very lenient mark however I’m not certain the Willie Mullins runner is the toughest of horses for these large field handicaps. Sam Brown fell in the grand national 2 weeks ago which is not the ideal prep but given his trainers record with the horses he sends across here I think he must have come out of that okay and expected to be competitive. His run at Aintree last year and Wetherby at the start of this season suggest he can still be thereabouts of this sort of mark
Selection Sam Brown
5.00 Punchestown 2m Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo)
Another race this week that Willie Mullins looks set to dominate and it looks hard to look too far away from Triumph Hurdle winner Lossiemouth.
5.30 Punchestown 2m3f (2m3f30y) Fitzwilliam Sports Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+)
Another race this week in which it looks like Willie Mullins could potentially hold the key. Heia is a course and distance winner who is maybe the main hope however I thought Tax For Max posted a really a good effort here 4 days ago. Being turned out again quickly should be no concern as he has run well before off a short break and he really looks to be crying out for this type of trip in a well-run handicap now. Seddon bids for a four timer after success at Cheltenham and An Epic Song is also respected off his effort at the festival.
Good luck with your Punchestown and ITV Racing bets!