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Sunday 19 August 2018

Asthuria has a proper Punch'

ASTHURIA
ASTHURIA

Attention turns back to National Hunt racing today with Punchestown staging their first meeting since their memorable season ending Festival last month and the man that dominated that week is likely to rule the roost again today.

The opening two chases are the two most lucrative races on the card and in the opener ASTHURIA (5.45) is overdue a win. This will be a first handicap start for the seven-year-old who ran her stable companion Benie Des Dieux close at Naas back in February and on her recent form she would look up to winning in handicap company.

ROBIN DES FORET (6.15) (above) opened his account over fences during the first week of the new season so is a novice for the remainder of this season and this looks a good opportunity for the Ballinrobe winner. Robin Des Foret was lightly raced last season but hopefully with a clear run can mop up a few races of this nature and it could be a quick fire double for David Mullins who rides the pair for his uncle.

The Grand National winning jockey also rides COME TO ME (7.15) in the Kildare Hunt Club Maiden Hurdle. We saw the champion trainer win a maiden last week with Prince D'Aubrelle bolting up after a lengthy lay off and Come To Me isn't quite off as long but the bumper winner is set to make his first start since winning at the track in December 2016.

Cases could be made for a few of the other runners but if fit and ready to go Come To Me should be good enough.

ROBIN DES FORET
ROBIN DES FORET

Elsewhere on the card HOLDING PATTERN (7.45) makes interest for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power.

The better ground should help that daughter of Teofilo in the mares maiden.

PUNCHESTOWN TODAY

5.45 Asthuria

6.15 Robin Des Foret

6.45 Artic Pearl

7.15 Come To Me

7.45 Holding Pattern

8.15 Running In Heels

8.45 Castle North

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