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PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL | Aintree Festival runners to watch out for on Wednesday and Thursday

Several Aintree Festival contenders make the trip to the County Kildare course

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Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 8, 2021 Clan Des Obeaux ridden by Harry Cobden wins the 2:50 Betway Bowl Chase Pool via REUTERS/Scott Heppell
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It’s been three weeks since Rachael Blackmore stole the show at the Grand National Festival, and jumps fans are now turning their attention to the five-day Punchestown Festival across the Irish sea.

Wednesday and Thursday’s action sees several Aintree contenders make the journey to the County Kildare course, with Clan Des Obeaux headlining the select pack of runners.

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Paul Nicholls has sent Clan Des Obeaux across the Irish Sea to compete in the Punchestown Gold Cup

Paul Nicholls has taken the gamble of supplementing the dual King George winner into the Punchestown Gold Cup after his gelding produced arguably his best performance to date in the Betway Bowl.

WATCH: CLAN DES OBEAUX BOLTS CLEAR IN THE BETWAY BOWL AT AINTREE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He is also joined by Marsh Melling Chase winner Fakir D’oudairies, who is stepped back up to the extended three-mile distance.

Livelovelaugh lines up in the Guinness Handicap Chase after his promising victory at the Grand National Festival, producing some slick jumping and strong staying ability when landing the Topham Handicap Chase.

WATCH: LIVELOVELAUGH WINS THE TOPHAM HANDICAP CHASE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Willie Mullins’ gelding is joined by Liam Cusack’s Snugsborough Hall and Pat Fahy’s Dunvegan, who finished fourth and sixth in the same contest respectively.

Streets Of Doyen rounds up Wednesday’s runners as he features in the Grade 1 Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle for John McConnell, after taking fourth in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle earlier in the month.

Thursday sees a handful of Aintree contenders make their way to Punchestown, with Grand National participant Alpha Des Obeaux featuring out of the group.

Alpha Des Obeaux makes his first start since finishing 11th in the Grand National

Denise Foster’s runner claimed 11th in the world’s most famous steeplechase and the 11-year-old is paired with Jamie Codd in the Mongey Communications La Touche Cup Cross Country Chase.

JP McManus owns two Aintree Festival runners in the form of 13-year-old veteran Unowhatimeanharry, who is entered in the Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle for Harry Fry while Red Rum Handicap Chase runner-up Sully D’Oc AA will line up for Anthony Honeyball in the Pigsback.com Handicap Chase.

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JP McManus sees three of his Aintree runners make the trip to Punchestown on Wednesday and Thursday

Noel Meade’s Diol Ker concludes the quartet as he takes to the field in the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle after finishing ninth in the Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle.

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