Punchestown Festival preview: Glencarraig Lady Handicap Chase (16.55)
Burn And Turn can make her class tell to defy top weight and land the Glencarraig Lady Handicap Chase at Punchestown today (16.55) for a second year running.
The Jessica Harrington trained nine-year-old is a tough and consistent sort who has some top class form to her name and has shown improved form since landing this contest 12 months ago.
After digging deep to beat She’s Got Grit by 1/2 a length off a mark of 128, the daughter of Flemensfirth went on to finish an excellent second of 22 to the classy Road To Riches in last year’s Galway Plate off 136.
Burn And turn is now able to race in this far less competitive affair off just 2lb higher, and she comes into the contest on the back of a decent effort to chase home the very exciting Vroum Vroum Mag in a Grade 3 contest at Fairyhouse.
Although no match for the easy 13 length winner, Burn And Turn stuck to the task well on her second start back following a 131 day break.
That run should have put Burn And Turn spot on for this, and the mare looks to have been laid out for the race by connections.
Another plus is that the drying ground is massively in Burn And Turn’s favour, and with Robbie Power in the saddle she looks primed to take all the beating.
Trainer Liz Doyle is in good form at present, and her Indian Fairy could well prove the biggest danger to Burn And Turn.
The seven-year-old has only had three starts over fences, and after beating Our Katie by 1/2 a length on the second of those was in the process of running a big race on her handicap debut off a mark of 114 when coming to grief at the last when a length down on the eventual winner.
Since then Indian Fairy has been campaigned over hurdles, presumably to keep her chase mark down, and is able to race in this off what looks a very fair mark of 117.
It’s also interesting that connections are now fitting Indian Fairy with the hood for the first time and, if that has the desired effect, the daughter of Indian Danehill looks weighted to go well in the hands of Johnny Burke.