champion hunters chase
Balnaslow was a fine winner of this race 12 months ago, and the 11-year-old will try to retain his crown on the fourth day of the Punchestown Festival, but there will be some lively challengers to the classy hunter with Top Wood, Sizing Coal and On The Fringe just a trio of eye-catching names.
Former top-class chaser Uxizandre is arguably the most interesting runner in the field on Friday evening, while Caid Du Berlais and Sambremont add more depth to what should be one of the highlights on the penultimate day of the five-day National Hunt extravaganza.
18:40 Star Best For Racing Coverage Champion Hunters Chase (3m)
1. Caid Du Berlais - Mr W Biddick - R Loxton 9/2
2. Timewaitsfornoone - Mr M O'Hare - A Fleming 25/1
3. On The Fringe - Ms N Carberry - E Bolger 10/1