Supa one to beat
Samcro will have to be very good to take this one
It'll be great for the racing public to get a glimpse of Samcro at Punchestown this afternoon as he goes into the senior league for the first time but I'll be trying to make sure it's not all about Samcro when I ride Supasundae (5.30) in th e Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
Samcro was unbeatable against the novice and he does look to have the potential to go all the way to the top.
But this will be his toughest test yet as he takes on the Irish Champion Hurdle winner Supasundae and the English Champion Hurdle runner-up Melon. I'm fully aware he will be hard to beat but I'll be there to take advantage of anything that doesn't go his way.
Supasundae has been to Cheltenham and to Aintree and thankfully he has come out of Aintree in great form. Jessie has decided to drop him back to two miles for this after he was so good at Leopardstown and this looks likely to be the first time all season he has got his most favourable ground so it would be a great way to finish off the season.
His two performances at Cheltenham and Aintree were rock solid and maybe he will be beaten by a superstar in Samcro but he really will have to be an exceptional novice to get by my lad.
Outside of Supasundae I've got some decent other ride and Magic Of Light (4.55) looks the best of the rest. I think Magic Of Light is a mare that will improve plenty for the better ground at Punchestown. It was very, very heavy for her last run at Fairyhouse and she just couldn't jump out of the ground but this will be much easier for her. Cheek pieces fitted for the first time will also help.
Bonny Kate would look to be our biggest danger but I'd like the chances of Magic Of Light.
In the second race I ride A Sizing Network, who is ready to run throughout the summer. He went on his break when the ground got really testing back in November but he's back in a while now and ready to start off. He'll prefer it to be better ground again but if it keeps drying he might give a very good account of himself.
But De Plotting Shed (4.20) would look well handicapped if he was able to produce any of his hurdling form.
It was disappointing that he didn't win his beginners at Fairyhouse the l ast day but I wouldn't be shocked to see him win here.
I had a tough call to chose between Jessie's horses in the two-mile novice later in the day but I just sided with Whisperinthebreeze (7.10), who ran well at Fairyhouse on heavy ground but he might just have a bit to find on official ratings with Deal D'estruval.
At the start of the week I thought Jessie's best chance of a winner was Press Conference (7.45) in the bumper later and although it looks a very hot race, I haven't changed my mind. Press Conference only joined us this season but he has been a horse that has impressed us since he walked into the yard.
He was second on his first start for us behind Carefully Selected. who was just touched off in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and he wasn't disgraced in the Punchestown equivalent on Wednesday.
So it is good to see Press Conference's form stacking up well and hopefully he'll oblige. He's a horse I can't wait to get on over hurdles next season.
I was delighted to pick up some nice spare rides for Willie Mullins this week but it would be even nicer if I could win on one and in the Grade One novice hurdle today, I ride Burrows Saint who is a long shot - although I don't think there is such a thing in Willie's stable this week as a long shot.
I'm not sure how Burrows Saint will handle the ground but we'll see how we go and you'd have to say that Pallasator (6.05) looks to be the horse to beat.
He was very good at Fairyhouse and is a Group level performer on the flat so it's no surprise to see him turning into a decent horse over jumps.
Punchestown today - Robbie's tiips
3.40 Battle Hard
4.20 De Plotting Shed
4.55 Magic Of Light
7.10 Whisperinthebreeze (e/w)
7.45 Press conference