Racing Guide: Cross Country clues on offer in Ireland

Yanworth and Josies Orders lock horns in the Cross Country Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday.
Yanworth and Josies Orders lock horns in the Cross Country Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday.

Today's pointers come from Punchestown and Musselburgh...

1. Yanworth and Josies Orders clash at Punchestown

Third time lucky. Lost twice due to storm-related abandonments, banks king Enda Bolger has a high profile brace of runners primed for the rearranged 13.45 Punchestown, bidding to land the P. P. Hogan Memorial Chase on the cross country track at the Kildare venue. Josies Orders has been second and first in the last two runnings, but two years younger Yanworth looks a major threat. A Grade 1 winner over hurdles for Alan King when trained in the UK, he struck on his banks debut here at Punchestown back in November, prior to a fall at Cheltenham in December. Mark Walsh's mount has had a nice break since and will be an obvious fancy to bounce back.

2. Zero Ten a cut above his rivals?

Target trainer Emmet Mullins is always a name to note. He has one runner at Punchestown races this afternoon, the talented and likeable Zero Ten in the rated novice chase due off at 14.15. A winner on his chase debut at Galway back in July, this horse blew away the cobwebs with a good effort when runner up at Naas last month, a spin for which he should be much sharper now.

3. Silver to strike gold at Punchestown

Race of the day! The 14.45 Punchestown is an annual highlight in the shape of their extended three and a half mile Grand National Trial, a race which this year has attracted a twice rescheduled field of 19. Gordon Elliott spreads his options with a team of seven, but one who could give his squad a thing or two to reckon with is trained by one of the country's lesser known talents, Cork man James Dullea. His runner Rocky's Silver is on a roll having been successful on two of his last three starts, both at the venue, making him unbeaten at Punchestown. He's lightly weighted and will love the testing ground. 

4. Cheltenham clues available in 15:20 race

The 15.20 Punchestown looks a cracker, pitting the Willie Mullins-trained Lord Royal against the already prolific Gordon Elliott inmate Floueur in the Grade 3 novice hurdle. The grey Lord Royal holds a pair of Cheltenham Festival entries and barely broke sweat when winning on his stable debut at Clonmel last month, while Floueur is a two-time scorer in France who showed a good attitude when striking on his Irish introduction at Navan in January. Both have stamina to prove at the trip but looks highly promising. 

5. Williams to strike at Musselburgh

Based in Herefordshire, Grand National-winning trainer Venetia Williams commits her only runner of the day on a lengthy trip to run in Scotland, lining up last time out winner Easy As That for the follow up in the 17.05 at Musselburgh races. The five-year-old was too good for his five rivals on debut at Ffos Las back in December and sets the standard in this bumper run over just shy of two miles. 

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