Punchestown News: SkyBet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle
Posted: 13th Jan 2017
Punchestown’s Grade 2 SkyBet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle has been the key pointer to the SkyBet Supreme Novice Hurdle in recent years and Saturday’s contest at Punchestown has attracted a field of six runners.
Willie Mullins has won the previous four renewals of the SkyBet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle and this year will be hoping that Crack Mome can follow the path of Vautour and Douvan in winning this race and going on to win the SkyBet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Five of the six runners in the race were all victorious on their last outing and Waterford based trainer Margaret Flynn goes in search of the biggest triumph of her career with Dr Mikey who impressed when winning at Cork last time out.
Ireland’s champion National Hunt owner, Gigginstown House Stud, are double handed in the race with the Henry de Bromhead-trained Calino D’airy and Noel Meade’s Coquine D’aunou putting their Festival credentials on the line.
Local trainer Ted Walsh is represented by impressive Navan debutant winner Any Second Now who carries the colours of JP McManus and the field is completed by Gordon Elliott’s Runfordave.
Saturday’s card at the home of Irish National Hunt racing begins at 12.25 with the sportinglife.com Beginners Chase which will see Cheltenham Festival winner Mall Dini come up against classy hurdler Bachasson and at 1.35 the prestigious Connollys Red Mills Amateur National for the Conyngham Cup will go to post.
The going at time of declaration was soft on the hurdle and bumper course with the chase currently soft, soft to heavy in places. The forecast is for cold, dry and bright weather.
2017 SkyBet Moscow Flyer Noice Hurdle (Gr.2)
1. Dr Mikey (Ms. M. Flynn)
2. Any Second Now (T.M. Walsh)
3. Calino D’airy (H. de Bromhead)
4. Crack Mome (W.P. Mullins)
5. Runfordave (G. Elliott)
6. Coquine D’aunou (Noel Meade)