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Punchestown Preview: Three bumper horses to note

One of the features of the Punchestown Festival is the numbers of bumpers that are staged, and Tony McFadden of Timeform highlights three horses that are sure to be of interest.

Gigginstown have introduced a number of promising bumper horses this season, though there’s a chance that Disko might be the best of them, such is the impression he created when trouncing the opposition on debut. The Noel Meade-trained Disko was strong in the betting prior to his Punchestown debut, and supporters had few concerns as he travelled best, led entering the straight and forged clear to register a 15-length win. It’s difficult to know exactly what Disko achieved – the form has been largely untested since – but there’s no doubt he was visually impressive and is worth a go at a decent prize.

Willie Mullins – who has traditionally enjoyed so much success in bumpers – had no joy whatsoever with his battalion of horses in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, but he looks to have a good prospect in the unbeaten Pylonthepressure (non runner at Cheltenham), and he’s sure to be of interest at Punchestown. Point winner Pylonthepressure made a striking debut under Rules when winning easily at Thurles, needing little effort in the saddle to assert, and he improved markedly on that form when beating a decent prospect at Naas, once again impressing with how strongly he travelled. Few bumper horses have run to a higher level this season and, with plenty more to come, Pylonthepressure is one to note for Punchestown and beyond.

Nicky Henderson has used Kempton Park as the starting point for a number of his good horses down the years – think Bobs Worth, Riverside Theatre, Beat That, etc – and he has certainly fared well in bumpers at the track this season. One Henderson horse that really caught the eye in making a winning start at Kempton was OK Corral, who beat a good-looking field in comfortable fashion, looking a smashing prospect as he responded strongly to his rider’s urgings. OK Corral’s dam, Acoola, is a sister to the top-class chaser Tidal Bay, and OK Corral looks to have the ability to match his pedigree.

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