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Warrior returns at Punchestown


Bog Warrior

Bog Warrior

Bog Warrior

The annual New Year's Eve meeting at Punchestown gets under way at 12.45 with the Free Festival Upgrade Ticket Offer Hurdle the feature contest on a seven-race programme.

Nine-time winner Bog Warrior makes his return to action in this two-and-a-half-mile contest and is sure to prove popular with punters.

The Tony Martin-trained gelding beat the mighty Solwhit in this race two years ago and faces six rivals this time around.

Stablemate Blackmail is among his opponents and will be ridden by Barry Geraghty, while Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh team up with Daneking.

Sadler's Risk and Shantou Flyer are both capable of making their presence felt, while brothers Jarlath and Paul Fahey are represented by the smart duo of Jennies Jewel and He'llberemembered respectively.

Just four have been declared for the opening contest on the card, the Buy Your 2015 Annual Membership Beginners Chase, with As De Ferbet and The Job Is Right likely to be battling it out for favouritism.

The Denis Hogan-trained Luke's Benefit will be bidding for a remarkable fourth win in a row in the Punchestown.com Handicap Chase, but faces stiff opposition in the shape of Federici.

The five-year-old gelding finished second in a good race at Limerick on Saturday and will be aiming to go one place better with seven-pound claimer Ryan Treacy again in the saddle.

Willie Mullins introduces another French import in the shape of Petite Parisienne in the Festival Hospitality On Sale 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

This Gigginstown House Stud-owned filly cost a 135,000 euro at Arqana in July and a good showing can be expected from her on her hurdling debut.

Zafayan was a decent sort on the level and looks a big danger with Davy Russell in the saddle for Dermot Weld, while Hannah's Magic and Abby Cadabby are other interesting contenders.

Tony Martin and Ruby Walsh team up with Gallant Oscar in the Buy Your Tickets Online At www.punchestown.com Handicap Hurdle and he looks the one to beat.

The Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle appears a more open affair with Indian Rupee, Simple Joys, Theoystercatcher and Mossy Island a few for the shortlist.

Bonny Kate finished second on her last start at Navan and she is sure to prove popular with punters in the concluding Goffs Punchestown Invitational Sale Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

Point-to-point winners Dandad's Lucy and Dark Sunshine are other leading contenders while it will be interesting to see how Kentish Town (first time hood) fares after disappointing when the subject of a gamble on her last start.