The battle between Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott is again to the fore on day 3 of the Punchestown Festival.
Mullins trains favourite Nichols Canyon in the Stayers Hurdle, while his main competition is likely to come from Elliott’s Sutton Place.
That’s off at 5.30 this evening.
The first of a seven-race card this afternoon goes to post at 20-to-4.
Looking ahead, Dave Keena……………
Mark Costello of ”The Irish Field” is expecting a Mullins win in The Ladbrokes Hurdle but not Nichols Canyon……………
The going at Punchestown is Good to Yielding and good to Firm on the cross country.
Elsewhere, Beverley is Good to Firm with a 1.40 start.
Taunton is good to Firm, good in places and away at 1.50
Perth is Good, good to soft in places and off at 2.00
Market Rasen is Good, good to soft in places with a 4.35 start
Chelmsford City is Standard with the opener at 5.25