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Bellshill heads our quartet as we target a fourth Gold Cup.

WE'RE chasing a fourth win in the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup (5.30) today and we're well represented with Bellshill, Djakadam, Killultagh Vic and Total Recall all chasing the big prize. Bellshill has performed well on his last two starts, winning the Bobbyjo at Fairyhouse before being beaten only a length when fourth in the Irish Grand National. If the National run hasn't taken too much out of him then he will have a big chance.

Djakadam has finished second in the last three runnings of the race, losing out narrowly to Sizing John a year ago. He's also a dual Grade 1 winner over the course and is going into the race in good form. If he produces what he's capable of at a track he obviously likes he could be thereabouts again.

Killultagh Vic didn't perform in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and was eventually pulled up. Obviously he'll need to show a lot of improvement but he looked set to win the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown when he fell at the last and has done well at Punchestown, admittedly over hurdles, in the past.

Total Recall didn't enjoy the experience of taking on the unique fences in the Grand National and made a few bad mistakes before being pulled up. He should be more at home over these more conventional fences and the rain that fell yesterday will help his chance.

Next Destination looks the pick our three in the Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle (4.55) following his good run at Cheltenham, where he finished well for third behind Samcro the Ballymore. His run there suggested this step up to three miles should suit him well.

Ballyward also ran well at Cheltenham when fourth in the Albert Bartlett over this trip. Yesterday's rain should work to his advantage and he has every chance of running in the money.

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Relegate has progressed with every run and came from a long way back to win at Cheltenham. She has won over the course and seems in very good form - she has to have an outstanding chance.

Cheltenham effort.

Carefully Selected got a very enterprising ride at Cheltenham and was only reeled in close home. That run puts him very much in the picture, while Tornado Flyer is also in with a realistic chance based on his Blackbow had s before going to d Patrick [Mullins] th him, believing he n he ran last time. aguna looks to cellent chance in Louis Fitzgerald .20). She ran a on her handicap airyhouse last time ourth behind Low and the experience ned there should be big help. She's quite ell treated at the eights.

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Polidam didn't have the clearest of passages in the Topham at Aintree last time and we're expecting a better run from him in the 2m4f Guinness Handicap Chase (6.40). The ground will be big plus for him. The step up in trip will suit Patricks Park, who will also appreciate the easy ground, while Demi Sang didn't perform well at Cheltenham last time and this right-handed track might be more to his liking.

Colreevy, who ran seventh in the bumper, is back against her own sex in the mares' bumper (7.15) and has a big chance. We also run Masons Daughter, who was second at Fairyhouse last time in a race in which Getoutameway ran sixth and Sapphire Lady, who looks to have it all to do, finished in rear.

Steel Wave, who has winning form over the course, might prove the pick of our three in the 2m5f handicap hurdle (3.40). Hey Little Boy and Caro Des Flos are both running in a handicap for the first time.
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