Boston Bob to strike gold in the Gold Cup for champion trainer Willie Mullins on day two of the Punchestown Festival 2014
The talented chaser Boston Bob will look to continue a good week at the Festival for champion trainer Willie Mullins when he lines up in the Gold Cup. Slightly favoured in the market over his stablemate and Cheltenham Gold Cup second On His Own, Boston Bob looks to have the form and ability to win. Unlucky last year in the RSA (when falling) he can put such missed chances behind him by beating what looks to be a group of exposed rivals. The strongest danger to him may come from a rejuvenated Long Run, who was going well when falling in the Grand National.
The Champion Bumper is a vintage renewal which appears to be at the mercy of Dermot Weld. The Master of Rosewell’s Cheltenham victor Silver Concorde will attempt again to hold back the Mullins battalions. Mullins’ Killultagh Vic finished sixth behind Weld’s horse in March but should get closer when they meet again.
Crockford provided followers with four winners on day one of the Punchestown Festival 2014 (including his Dead Cert – Faugheen), on day two he looks to trainer Mullins for his Dead Cert and Whisper.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Boston Bob (Gold Cup 5.30)
Always highly regarded by connections, things came right for Boston Bob when winning at Aintree last time out. In what is not the strongest renewal of the Punchestown Gold Cup, the class of this horse will shine through. Expect him to be a big player next season after a win here.
Crockford’s Whisper – Killultagh Vic e/w (Champion Bumper 6.05)
Killultagh Vic was very impressive when beating Tony Martin’s Golantilla at Naas, before not getting the run of the race at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The trainer expects a bold show from this horse and punters should be attracted to the double figure odds on offer.
Crockford’s Gambles on Day Two of the Punchestown Festival 2014:
Highbrow Blue (3.40), Cheltenian (4.20), Apache Jack e/w (4.55), Boston Bob (Gold Cup 5.30) Silver Concorde and Killultagh Vic e/w (Champion Bumper 6.05), King Vuvuzela e/w (6.40) and Virtuoso Rouge (7.15)
(Featured Photograph – Boston Bob at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)