Steve Hughes has a selection for Punchestown’s Sunday feature
With English racing remaining on the sidelines I am having a Sunday selection in the Grand National Trial on a horse potentially still well handicapped.
Punchestown 4.20: Solomn Grundy
After a very promising start with his new stable, Solomn Grundy looks a good option in today’s Grand National Trial at Punchestown.
Formerly with David Pipe and Neil Mulholland in England, the 9yo was transferred to Henry de Bromhead’s yard at the start of this campaign. So far he has placed a fine second over 2m4f at Navan before staying on from too far back in the field to be fourth in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown over Christmas.
They were a big step up on his chase efforts in Britain where he did not really get the hang of chasing last season, albeit at a time when the Mulholland yard was out of form. He did at least finish last term on a high when winning over hurdles at Ffos Las and I think this dual 3m winner is well worth a first try at a marathon trip.
1pt win – Solomn Grundy – 4.20 Punchestown – 5/1 general