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Sunday 26 January 2020

Elliott could extend lead if Punchestown goes ahead

Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Sportsfile

Storm Brendan looks to have put Punchestown's fixture this afternoon in some doubt with winds of up to 80km/h expected and the potential for gusts of up to 130km/h.

There was a 7.45am inspection this morning at the Kildare venue, which raced yesterday without any problems, to determine whether or not racing will go ahead today.

If the green light is given to the meeting, Gordon Elliott may be able to slightly extend his advantage in the trainers championship with OAK PARK (12.45, Punchestown), COLUMN OF FIRE (1.45, Punchestown) and DOMITIAN (2.20, Punchestown) all expected to win their respective maidens.

Column Of Fire was a faller at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day when still holding every chance and should win over flights at the sixth time of asking.

First start

Domitian was a Clonmel bumper winner in the summer and progressed from her first start over hurdles to finish third last time and this doesn't look the strongest mares maiden ever run at the track.

Oak Park could be the most tentative choice as it is hard to get a handle on the juvenile form.

Recent winner MAGIC SEA (1.15, Punchestown) is likely to win again, while TOKYO GETAWAY (3.25, Punchestown) can continue the good run of Conor McNamara.

PUNCHESTOWN TIPS

12.45 Oak Park

1.15 Magic Sea

1.45 Column Of Fire

2.20 Domitian

2.50 Marshalled

3.25 Tokyo Getaway

4.00 Dreamingandhoping

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