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Punchestown Festival: A Genie in Abottle can shine for Meade

| 27.04.2016

David Metcalf | April 26, 2016

A Genie In Abottle value in Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle

A Genie In Abottle impressed last time out and looks decent each-way value in the Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle on day two of the Punchestown Festival (16:55).

The gelding won his sole start in an Irish point at Bartlemy in good style, and shaped with promise when third in a bumper at Leopardstown on debut for trainer Noel Meade.

A Genie In Abottle then showed the benefit of that experience when landing a bumper at Naas in determined fashion, before making a winning debut over hurdles at the same venue last month.

The five-year-old made a mistake four from home before making stealthy headway two out to take up the running at the last and forge clear om the run-in to beat Call It Magic by 3 1/2 lengths.

Form ties in well

A Genie In Abottle

It was a most taking performance, and one which suggested A Genie In Abottle needing keeping firmly onside.

The runner-up had also ran well earlier in the season to finish an 8 1/4 length third to Acapella Bourgeious who is fancied by many for this contest.

On a line through Call It Magic there is not much between the pair, especially as A Genie In Abottle remains totally unexposed and open to any amount of improvement.

This does represent a big step up in class, but Meade does not go tilting at windmills and clearly holds the son of Beneficial in high regard.

Bourgeois has a progressive profile

Bellshill commands plenty of respect judged on his latest effort when runner-up at Aintree but hasn’t always impressed with his jumping, and the aforementioned Acapella Bourgeois could well prove the biggest danger to the selection.


Trained by Sandra Hughes, the six-year-old is a really likeable type who has a progressive profile and has won three of his five starts over the obstacles.

The last two of those successes have come in Grade 2 company, and Acapella Bourgeois showed a tremendous attitude last time out over 2m 4f Fairyhouse when staying on strongly to prevail by a neck from Nambour.

Judged on the way the son of Network finished off the race, the step up to 3m in this looks sure to suit.

Although Acapella Bourgeois now steps up in class, he is clearly on an upward curve and looks the type who should have even more to offer.


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Coral’s top tip: The unexposed A Genie In Abottle looks decent each-way value in a competitive renewal. Acapella Bourgeois is feared most.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.