Friday 21 October 2016

Punchestown 2015: And the Oscar should go to McManus for Gallant performance

Gallant Oscar
Gallant Oscar

Gallant Oscar has yet to run in the famous JP McManus silks since his recent purchase by Ireland’s leading owner, but the Tony Martin trained nine-year-old can cap off what has been a memorable Festival for the owner.

Following the highlight of the week yesterday with Jezki taking the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, Gallant Oscar looks to tick a lot of boxes in the Ladbrokes Ireland Handicap Chase.

Should the ground continue to dry out, it may be a slight negative but this horse has been primed to run in the Grand National and the form of his Cheltenham run means that he should certainly be there with every chance.

Willie Mullins has obviously had another incredible week which has seen him ease his way to the Lemongrass Leading Trainer Award and Daneking (pictured) could be the latest in the Grade B Setanta Sports Handicap Hurdle.

Racing gets underway with the third of the Cross Country races this week and hopefully Miley Shah can follow up his win in the La Touche last season and provide connections with what would be a poignant success. Trained last year by John Kenny, who has since sadly passed away, the 10-year-old is now trained by his father Joe.

Cronin's Choice

Punchestown Tomorrow

2.35pm Miley Shah

3.10pm Gallant Oscar

3.50pm Annie Power

4.25pm Qualando

5.00pm Rule the World

5.35pm Daneking

6.10pm Everyday Everyhour

6.40pm Point the Toes

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