We have one bet on the penultimate day of what has been a fantastic, star-studded Punchestown festival, running in the 2m5f novice handicap chase (4.15pm).
The Mouse Morris-trained French Dynamite had some really smart form to his name over hurdles, getting to within half a length of Sire Du Berlais in Grade 2 company in 2020 and finishing fourth in the Champion Stayers Hurdle at this meeting last year.
A winner over fences here in November, when jumping particularly well, he left a disappointing effort in the Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas behind when getting the better of Ciel De Neige in Grade 3 company last time.He showed a great attitude that day and now reverts to handicap company off what looks a potentially lenient mark of 144.
Morris had Gentlemansgame run very well for these connections in the Stayers yesterday and hopefully he can break the stranglehold Willie Mullins has had on the contest in recent years.
RECOMMENDED BET: 4:15 Punchestown – French Dynamite win @ 5-1 (most firms, 11/2 in places)