Alan Marron looks forward to day three of the Punchestown Festival.
Kemboy was his winning nap of day two, My Sister Sarah (6:05pm) gets his vote for day three.
3.40 JLT Handicap Hurdle
Based on the form of his last two runs, Jon Ess could be the value here.
He has had a mixed campaign between both codes and ran a solid race on the flat on April 7th to beat Cork Harbour, who has franked the form and won twice since.
His last run over hurdles was at Fairyhouse and was decent run in terms of this race. He was third to The Holy One but was only beaten three quarters of a length.
He has gone up 3lbs, from 109 to 112, for that but this will be just his second run in handicap company.
Conor O Dwyer is a trainer who knows how to get one ready and Jon Ess could go close at a decent price.
4.15 Pigsback.com Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+)
This race is very competitive to say the least and Snugsborough Hall was very unlucky last time out. He was going well in third behind the leaders when he got carried out.
Before that, he was very impressive in beating Lean And Keen at Leopardstown during the Dublin Racing Festival. Denis O Regan gets on well with him and he has a nice weight at the foot of the handicap. He has some decent course form and should be a player here.
4.50 (Bank) Mongey Communications La Touche Cup Cross Country Chase
Back over the Cross-Country Course again and it will pay to follow the master of these races, Enda Bolger.
Josies Orders will likely be a short price but should be the one to follow with all its experience. He finished second to Tiger Roll in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last time out and was second in this race last year behind Auvergnat.
He deserves a big day and that should come in this race, barring any mishaps.
5.30 Champion Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1)
This race is lacking quality this time around and it might really suit Bacardys.
The favourite for this race, Bapaume (who will race in a tongue-tie for the first time), finished two places ahead of Bacardys when they were both well beaten behind Paisley Park at Cheltenham.
Bacardys has been very lightly raced in recent seasons and I can see him being the value ahead of Aux Ptits Soins, who had a hard race at Aintree, and Bapaume who would appreciate softer ground.
6.05 3m Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
Those who watched the Fairyhouse Easter festival would have noticed that My Sister Sarah was a big eye-catcher.
Ruby held her up off the pace and then tried to make his run on the outside. He got badly hampered when a horse fell in front of him and stayed on in the straight.
She was progressive last season, but this season she has been slightly off the pace. She will be looking for luck in running in this race, being held up off the pace, but I can see her going very close.
She is my Nap for Day 3.
6.40 2m Ryanair Novice Chase (Grade 1)
For the notebook-watchers, this race has a horse that was a flying machine when it debuted for Willie Mullins first time out at Naas.
Chacun Pour Soi absolutely demolished a field from the front to win by 31 lengths and Paul Townend struggled to pull him up after the line. It was a phenomenal performance first time out and Paul Townend was waxing lyrical after the race on how good he could potentially be.
He jumped well that day and this race doesn’t look to have much pace to it so he could get his own way in front and it will take a good one to pass him.
7.15 2m (2m40y) Close Brothers Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed Race)
Moskovite has been a credit to the stable of Denis Hogan and could give him a big day in the limelight.
She is prone to the odd jumping mistake but has cheek-pieces fitted for the first time in this race. She won her mares maiden very well in Navan and this race lacks strength and we could see something of an upset.
All of her opponents have something of a question mark against them so a big run would not come as a surprise if the cheek-pieces work the oracle.
7.45 2m (2m40y) Kildare Post (C & G) INH Flat Race
Cayd Boy, who was acquired by JP Mc Manus after winning at Limerick on his debut, looks to be an exciting runner here for Liz Doyle.
He was travelling well four furlongs out that day and won easily. The booking of Derek O’Connor increases confidence this horse’s chance and should enable us to end day three in style and at a nice price.