IT’S Moscow Flyer Hurdle Day at Punchestown on Sunday and champion trainer Willie Mullins once again holds a strong hand in the Grade 2 Sky Bet Race with the unbeaten pair of Dysart Dynamo and Hawai Game headlining the seven entries.
A recognised trial for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, Mullins last won the race in 2018 with Getabird and previously landed the spoils with Min, Douvan and Vautour.
Leading the opposition in Sunday’s renewal are the Gordon Elliott-trained Gringo D’aubrelle and Henry de Bromhead’s Tramore maiden winner Guily Billy.
On what is set to be a big afternoon for de Bromhead, Guily Billy steps up to Grade 2 company after a facile victory last month.
The Waterford-based trainer is looking forward to the step up in class for the Cheveley Park Stud-owned six-year-old who showed his true form after being overturned on his racecourse debut at Clonmel prior to that.
“We were disappointed but it was his first run,” de Bromhead admitted on Tuesday. “He possibly got bogged down in the ground but I’m not sure really. There was no obvious reason and he came out and did the job well in Tramore next time, which was good to see.
“Going to Punchestown for the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle was the next logical step for him after that. He’s won his maiden hurdle and now we step forward and see. We’ll learn more about him.
“He’s in good form and we’re hoping he’ll go and give a good account himself. It’s as you’d expect in this country. It will be extremely competitive but we’ll go and take our chance and see.”
Dreal Deal upset the odds in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle last year and John Ryan may chase a big success in this year’s renewal with Ferdia and The Little Yank among the entries while James Nash has included the 120-rated Hammersmith.
The Grade 3 Kildare Novice Chase is also down for decision on Sunday with de Bromhead set to unleash Cheltenham Festival hero Bob Olinger into a field that also potentially features Capodanno and Lifetime Ambition.
De Bromhead confirmed: “We’re certainly aiming to bring Bob Olinger to Punchestown as well. He seems in good form and he worked well this morning.
“There were a few options for him but this one was the one that stood out to us so we said we’d have a go with this.
“He was good (in his beginners chase). I think you’d be entitled to comment on his jumping. It wasn’t spectacular. It was fine. He jumped some really well but there was a couple he didn’t jump so well. But it was good. He won. It looked a very good beginners’ chase on paper. We’ll take one race at a time.
“He’s doing plenty of schooling. He’s jumping fine at home so we have no reason to worry about that having had that experience behind him. We’re looking forward to Sunday.”
Racing on Sunday is due to start at 12.45pm and further details on tickets and dining can be found at Punchestown.com.
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