Day 4 at the 2019 Punchestown Festival is a top class card of National Hunt action and Kevin O'Malley fancies two big names to end their season on a high note.
Things didn’t work out for Buveur D’Air in the Aintree Hurdle over 2m4f last time out, but I think the dual-Champion Hurdler has the perfect stage to bounce back to form here. His record going right-handed reads 5-1-6, the only loss coming at Kempton in December at the hands of the superb Verdana Blue. Connections will have had their eye on this race for some time and if Buveur D’Air is on song, I think he’ll just have a little bit too much speed for Apple's Jade and Supasundae.
For whatever reason, Battleoverdoyen completely failed to fire in the Ballymore at Cheltenham and although a leap of faith is required on the back of that effort, it is probably a run we can put a line through. Earlier in the season he went from bumper winner, to maiden hurdle winner to Grade 1 winner in a very short space of time, a thing not many horses manage to pull off. So he is a seriously good prospect and looks every inch a future chasing star. Skipping Aintree was a no brainer, this race is perfect to stage a return to form and you’d have to be hopeful he can show his best today. If he does, 6/1 could look a very decent price.
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