Timeform’s Andrew Asquith highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each-Way choice on day two of the Punchestown Festival on Thursday.
“…should be able to dictate here and if he does, he may take some stopping…”
NAP: Back Klassical for a repeat victory
Klassical Dream was nicely backed to win this race 12 months in the past on his first attempt on the journey and he received in convincing vogue. He adopted up within the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on return this season and he formed higher than the naked end result within the Stayers’ Hurdle on the Cheltenham Festival final time. He discovered himself on the incorrect facet of a ragged begin that noticed Flooring Porter get the leap on him so extra affected person ways had been employed and he was one of many final to come off the bridle. Klassical Dream ought to have the opportunity to dictate right here and if he does, he might take some stopping.
NEXT BEST: Four-timer beckons
Gentleman de Mee has shortly developed into a really sensible novice chaser, successful his final three begins and taking the scalp of Arkle winner Edwardstone within the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree final time. He received into an excellent rhythm out in entrance and located a lot within the closing levels. On that kind, he’s very a lot the one to beat right here, and appears one other promising two-mile chaser for Willie Mullins.
EACH-WAY: Progressive Charm can win again
Macs Charm has proved a revelation since switched to handicaps, successful all three of his begins, and leaving the impression there may be much more to come when powering away at Naas final month. He as soon as again impressed together with his response when beneath stress and he guarantees to be nicely suited by this step up in journey. This calls for extra having been raised one other 12 lb within the weights however he’s a horse firmly on the up and ought to be aggressive.