Will Willie Mullins’ super mare Quevega rule the World again by taking a fifth World Series Hurdle in a row?
Quevega stands on the threshold of another amazing achievement; Could the Mullins super mare win a fifth World Series Hurdle to go alongside her six Mares Hurdles? Well, this appears to be one of her toughest tasks yet with the classy At Fishers Cross and Fingal Bay opposing.
At Fishers Cross has progressed through the season and looks a strong rival. The Pertemps Network Final winner Fingal Bay has always been highly regarded and at his best would be hard to beat.
At odds on for another victory Quevega does not look the value of race. The each way prices available for Phillip Hobbs’s horse Fingal Bay is a more attractive proposition.
Champagne Fever should receive consolation for being pipped in the Arkle when he takes on his rivals in the Ryanair Novice Chase (6.40) and so will Ned Buntline (4.15) who just failed to be victorious in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Champagne Fever (Ryanair 6.40)
Just denied victory in the Arkle at Cheltenham, Mullins’ classy grey will get back to winning ways in the Ryanair. The Supreme Hurdle winner has the ability to beat all of these rivals with some ease.
Crockford’s Whisper – Fingal Bay e/w (World Series Hurdle 5.30)
Many punters banker at this year’s Festival, Fingal Bay has useful form that should not be overlooked. The win in the Pertemps Final and the subsequent win of the second (Southfield Theatre) that day point at the ability of Hobbs’ horse.
Crockford’s Gambles on Day Three of the Punchestown Festival 2014:
Vive La France (3.40), Ned Buntline (4.15), Quantitativeeasing (4.50), Fingal Bay e/w (World Series Hurdle 5.30), Inis Meain (6.05), Champagne Fever (Ryanair 6.40), Vicky De L’Oasis (7.15) and Champoleon (7.45)
(Featured Photograph – Quevega at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)