After yesterday’s Tingle Creek, it’s Ireland’s turn to stage a thrilling duel -- this time between FLEMENSTAR and SIR DES CHAMPS at Punchestown. However, our resident tipster looks elsewhere for the bet of the day.
Sunday December 9
Cork 2.15 WIN
I don’t agree with many of the exaggerated, accusatory observations of Matt Chapman on At The Races. But he was so right to get giddy about the sparkling pillar-to-post chasing debut of Willie Mullins’s six-year-old mare at Clonmel last month. She was pitched straight into a Grade Three against previous winners, but jumped like an old pro for Ruby Walsh before easing readily clear. Mullins plans to alternate between fences and hurdles, but is convinced that the French-bred has the abilty to be top-class. If so, today’s race should be a straightforward task, even though she must shoulder a penalty.
TIP OF THE DAY SUPPLIED BY SCOOP RACING (RICHARD SILVERWOOD).