Champion Hurdler Hurricane Fly will give Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh another day to remember at the Punchestown Festival 2013
After a memorable five timer on day three of the Punchestown Festival for Willie Mullins, he and Ruby Walsh will be flying again with some outstanding chances on the fourth day at the Festival. Hurricane Fly will soar above his rivals in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle with Rock On Ruby being the only serious opposition that he will have to face. His win at Cheltenham put to bed the arguments from his detractors and he will finish the season undefeated.
The highly thought of Pont Alexandre should but behind him his disappointing third at the Cheltenham Festival and take the Grade One Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle (6.05) for Mullins and Walsh. With Robina Mai (7.10) and Vesper Bell (4.55) both holding excellent chances in their races it could be another very profitable day the Irish Champion Trainer.
At Sandown the Group Two Mile and Group Three Classic Trial have attracted quality fields. Roger Varian’s Farraaj will be asked his hardest questions yet when he meets a strong Hannon duo in Libranno and Trumpet Major. Classic potential is certainly on show in the trial where the highly respected Sugar Boy, Eye Of The Storm, Fantastic Moon and Al Waab will do battle.
Crockford’s gambles on day four of Punchestown Festival 2013 and at Sandown:
Shin A Vee (3.40)
White Star Line (4.20)
Vesper Bell (4.55)
Hurricane Fly (Rabobank Champion Hurdle 5.30)
Pont Alexandre (Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle 6.05)
Robina Mai (7.10)
Sandown – Farraaj (2.45) and Fantastic Moon (3.15)
(Featured Photograph – Vesper Bell at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)