5.30 PUNCHESTOWN: Champion Hurdle
YOU need to have finished in the first three last time out to win the Champion Hurdle.
So we can rule out Bleu Berry, Min, The Game Changer and Wicklow Brave who were all out of the frame.
Seven of the recent winners won on their last start so we can further trim the contenders of Melon who was second and Supasundae who took the runner-up spot at Aintree last time out.
That leaves us with Coquin Mans and rising superstar Samcro.
Because Willie Mullins has such a strong record with seven of the past 10 winners of this, the former could sneak into the first three at a big price and might be worth a little each-way tickle.
But even though Gordon Elliott has yet to lift this prize, it’s hard to see beyond SAMCRO.
As well as having what looks like the strongest form, he is good on the trends too.
Trends tip for the Punchestown Champion Hurdle
5.30 Punchestown – Samcro: ‘Fits the trends and looks a potential superstar’ (add to your betslip)
He is six, so old enough for this race, will be favourite and market-leaders do well, and won last time out.
His only negative is that he didn’t run in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last time which has been a big pointer to this.
That said, he couldn’t have been a lot more impressive when winning the Ballymore at the Festival.