Teaplanter examines the maiden hurdle at Punchestown and he has an each way bet without the favourite Union Dues in the shape of the Robert Tyner trained Blast of Koeman.
Punchestown 2:40 - Blast of Koeman
This looks a well above maiden hurdle for the time of year and the favourite Union Dues will take a lot of beating if he returns to the track close to peak fitness. Given that it is Willie Mullins, it is far more likely than not, that he is ready to do himself justice, but he makes limited appeal at the prices.
The Dermot Weld trained Stuccodor does not appeal at all on this ground and he could struggle to get home even on this sharp circuit.
Lift The Latch was impressive when winning at Lemonfield and beating a decent horse in Present Man. However he has been off for a long time and despite working well on the racecourse a couple of months ago, he has not appeared until now and he might just need this outing.
The horse that appeals here is Blast of Koeman. The son of Shantou is related to some smart performers such as Theatre Guide and he made a very encouraging debut in the Land Rover bumper last April behind Petit Mouchoir. He was settled at the back of the field. but travelled kindly. but was a little too far back as they turned for home. He ran quite green when asked to improve in the straight, but still stayed on nicely under a considerate ride from Derek O'Connor. His pedigree gives plenty of reason to think that the ground will not be a major issue for him and the stable have had a few winners recently, coupled with the fact that their horses invariably act on testing surfaces. He might not have enough to beat the favourite, although we give him a shout at this, but he looks a decent bet in the without market.at 6/1 each way (3 places) with Betfair Sports.
1.5 points each way Blast of Koeman at 6/1 (w/o Union Dues) with Betfair Sports