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Cooper family aiming for Punchestown glory with Oscar Sam

Laois punters will be hoping Oscar Sam jumps to the front this afternoon
Laois punters will be hoping Oscar Sam jumps to the front this afternoon

The Cooper family from Camross, who are still celebrating their Grand National success with Our Duke, could be in for another good day today as Oscar Sam is set to run in Punchestown.

The horse, who is a full brother to Our Duke, is due to line up for the Shamrock Enterprises Handicap Hurdle at 6.05pm.

Oscar Sam is currently an 11/1 shot fourth favourite but he is trained and ridden by that combination which led to the Grand National win a few weeks ago.

Jessica Harrington trains the eight-year-old and Robbie Power saddles him. Power has had an incredible season to date.

He had three winners at both the Aintree and Cheltenham Festivals and has also saddled the winner of the Irish Gold Cup as well as the Grand National.

Power has continued that good form into this week as he rode Fox Norton to Punchestown Champion Chase glory on Tuesday and followed that by getting Sizing John over the line yesterday in the Punchestown Gold Cup.

He then followed that success by recording his third win of the meeting aboard Sizing Granite in the Guinness Handicap Steeplechase.

As for Oscar Sam, the experts believe that he has a good chance. Alan Hewson of the Racing Post describes him as a “major player”.

He said: “Our Duke’s full brother is quite a smart performer in his own right at this sort of level.

“He was better than ever on latest two outings over this trip, winning at Leopardstown (on good ground) and recording a fine third to Isleofhopeandreams in competitive Pertemps qualifier in February.

“Oscar Sam missed the Cheltenham Festival so comes here fresher than most and seems to handle all types of ground. He is a major player.”

With most bookmakers paying the first five places on the race, Oscar Sam is certainly worth an each way punt.

READ ALSO – Grand National success for Laois horse Our Duke

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.