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Punchestown day two preview

Updated: Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 09:26 | Comments

Sir Des Champs and Long Run lock horns again in the Punchestown Gold Cup
Sir Des Champs and Long Run lock horns again in the Punchestown Gold Cup

Day two of the Punchestown Festival is Bet Online With TheTote.com Punchestown Gold Cup day, and sees Cheltenham second and third Sir Des Champs and Long Run lock horns again.

Willie Mullins' Sir Des Champs was almost three lengths clear of Long Run at Prestbury Park and could confirm his superiority in this.

First Lieutenant got back to winning ways at Aintree and is again respected despite a long, busy campaign, while King George VI Chase runner-up Captain Chris is best on a right-handed track so cannot be dismissed.

Mullins has two strong chances in the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle, with Albert Bartlett third Inish Island overlooked by Ruby Walsh in favour of Ballycasey.

An easy winner of both starts over timber to date, he could prove the fresher horse and certainly has a big reputation.

The third Grade One contest on the card is the Betdaq The Peoples Exchange Champion INH Flat Race, where Mullins attemps to complete a notable double once more.

Champagne Fever won both the Cheltenham and Punchestown bumpers last season and after Briar Hill powered up the Prestbury Park hill last month, he will be out to repeat the dose.

There are plenty of challengers, though, with Fairyhouse winner The Mighty Milan and Cheltenham fourth The Liquidator two of the likelier types.

Mullins also has a pair of classy sorts in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle, with Ruby Walsh opting to ride Call Me Bubbles over Viconte Du Noyer.

The meeting gets under way at 3.40 with the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle, where champion conditional elect Mark Enright rides Ross Na Righ for Dessie Hughes.

Ferdy Murphy sends over Chavoy in a hat-trick bid, while Rawnaq, Brian Who and Hazariban all hold claims.

The valuable Guinness Handicap Chase looks a hugely competitive heat, with Nadiya De La Vega taking on Rubi Light and Call The Police.

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