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Paul Townend previews his ride on Haut En Couleurs on the final day of the Punchestown Festival

| 30.04.2021

I have just one ride on the final day of the Punchestown Festival and that will be on Haut En Couleurs (16:00) in the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle.

He is entitled to improve a lot for Cheltenham. It was a big ask to run him in the Triumph Hurdle on his first run for us. He far from disgraced himself.

He has three and a half lengths to find with Quilixios and I think it will be a different race this time. We are hoping he can find those few lengths of improvement.

There is an interesting runner coming over from France in Mica Malpic for J. P. [McManus) and David Cottin, who won first time out and finished last the next day when something must have been wrong. Zanahiyr didn’t turn up in Cheltenham so I would expect a bigger run from him.

I am quietly confident we can find a bit of improvement from Haut En Couleurs and hopefully that will be good enough to put him in the shake-up again.

Paul

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Paul Townend

Paul is an Irish jockey who competes in National Hunt racing and is an integral part of the famous and vastly successful Willie Mullins team. Paul was Irish jump racing Champion Jockey for the 2010-11 season and will be discussing his rides in a weekly blog with Ladbrokes News throughout the jumps season.