With the action still coming thick and fast in Punchestown it’s Guineas day in Newmarket, where supplemented French visitor Territories may reward connections’ faith in him by taking the first Classic of the season (3.45pm).
Second to Full Mast in the Grand Criterium on Arc day back in October, the mount of Derby winning Mickael Barzalona reappeared with an easy win at Longchamp 20 days ago, doing enough to convince the master trainer Andre Fabre that he’s worthy of his place in the line up today.
Fabre isn’t a man known to make idle promises, and at 6/1 with any of bet365, Betfred or Coral he can make the bookies pay.
Meanwhile, here on the fifth and final day of a sensational Punchestown, I’m keeping faith with Petite Parisienne in the feature AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (4.25pm).
So, so impressive when winning a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in February, she can cap a fine season following a solid second at Fairyhouse last time out.
Her trainer, Willie Mullins, is enjoying an incredible week, firing in a record equalling 13 winners to date, and if it hasn’t already happened by the fourth race then Petite Parisienne can put her mares’ allowance to good use and put the cherry on the icing on the cake!
Saturday’s best bets:
4.25 Punchestown – AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle – 11 Petite Parisienne (win) @ 4/1 (Paddy Power)