Punchestown Festival: Sizing Codelco weighted to collect
David Metcalf | April 27, 2016
Sizing Codelco the answer to Three.ie Handicap Chase
Sizing Codelco looks nicely treated on the pick of his form and decent value to land the Three.ie Handicap Chase on day three of the Punchestown Festival (16.15).
The Henry de Bromhead trained gelding had some very smart form to his name over hurdles, including when third to the now top class Arctic Fire and runner-up to subsequent Grade 1 chase winner Zabana.
Sizing Coldeco also ran well in some competitive handicaps, and looked a useful recruit to the chasing ranks when scoring on debut over the larger obstacles at Listowel.
Form of Naas run reads well
The seven-year-old has had just three outings this season, unseating twice but running a stormer two starts back when a 4 1/2 length runner-up to Shaneshill at Naas.
Shaneshill has since gone on to finish a fine second in the Grade 1 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before chasing home Thistlecrack in the Stayers Hurdle at Aintree.
That form reads well in the context of this contest and suggests a mark of 140 for Sizing Codelco is exploitable given that Shaneshill is now rated 153 over fences.
Jacksonslady back to defend crown
Jacksonslady won the race 12 months ago and looks to have been primed to make a bold bid to retain her crown.
The 11-year-old scored by five lengths in last year’s renewal off a mark of 135, and is now able to race off just 5lb higher.
That gives Jacksonslady every chance from a handicapping perspective, and the mare comes into the race having looked as good as ever when a fine third of 16 to Sadler’s Risk in the Munster National at Listowel when last seen in action.
Jacksonslady has since been given a break, presumably to protect her mark for this, and has a good record fresh.
Another plus is that Jacksonslady has a good record at the venue, having won three times and been placed once in seven starts at the track.
Coral’s top tip: Sizing Codelco looks on a handy mark and decent value to land the spoils. Last year’s winner Jacksonslady runs the track well and rates a big danger.