DUAL Grade 1 winning hurdler Petit Mouchoir will make his chasing debut when racing action returns to Punchestown on Wednesday.
Henry De Bromhead’s six-year-old is declared in a field of 11 for the coral.ie Bet & Watch Irish And UK Racing Live Beginners Chase which also includes Gordon Elliott’s talented performer Brelade.
Speaking this morning de Bromhead said; “Petit Mouchoir seems in good form and obviously it is his first run over fences but, touch wood, he has been schooling well and it will be a nice starting point for him at Punchestown.”
The opening day of Punchestown’s two-day fixture also features the coral.ie Racehorse Ownership With The Coral Champions Club Rated Hurdle. Old favourite Hidden Cyclone will bid to win the race for a second consecutive year when facing a competitive field including the return of Gordon Elliott’s high class Campeador. Elliott has also declared The Game Changer who has won his last two races, and Jessica Harrington’s Grade 2 winner Forge Meadow is among the eight declarations.
Plenty of promising types have been declared to run in the Coral.ie Bet 5 Get 20 In Free Bets Maiden Hurdle. Borderline Chatho, Cracking Smart and Shady Operator are three impressive bumper winners from last season set to make their hurdling debuts in the two-mile four furlongs contest.
Racing begins on Wednesday with the first on a seven race card off at 2.05pm. Thursday’s card features The Irish Daily Star Chase and the John Shortt Legends Challenge with plenty of former household names like Charlie Swan, Norman Williamson, Conor O’Dwyer, Graham Bradley and Luke Harvey taking part.