After a fantastic first day of action at Punchestown which saw a scintillating display from Willie Mullins’ Faugheen in the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle, punters will be eager to see what awaits in the following three days of the festival.
Punchestown Gold Cup Tips
Gold Cup day is next in line on Wednesday and with three more Grade 1’s lined up, we are sure to see some thrilling action.
Boston Bob and On His Own are the current market leaders for the Gold Cup and are currently 3/1 with William Hill.
The first mentioned ran a great race to claim victory in the Melling Chase over 2m4f and has obvious claims under Ruby Walsh, who prefers him to On His Own. The step up in trip is not certain to suit though and it will take another fine performance.
The latter was just beaten in the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in March and is sure to have a massive chance on that form. He had won his two previous races and is back to his best, therefore warrants huge respect.
First Lieutenant has won three of his 19 races over fences and has struggled to find his best form this season, so at 9/2 looks slightly short in the betting. Another who is of interest is Long Run, who at 9/1 cannot be ignored. He is not the performer he used to be for sure, however at that price is worth an each way punt.
Finally, at 10/1 Argocat is another who represents place value under the champion jockey, A P McCoy. He finished ahead of First Lieutenant at Aintree and can earn a place again here if performing similarly.
Novice Hurdle Betting Tips
The Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle is a tricky one to get to the bottom of, with a number of top performers and recent winners bidding for success. BEAT THAT was a Grade 1 winner at Aintree when winning comfortably over 3m1f, whilst Don Poli won easy over 2m4f.
Very Wood is another with extremely strong claims, having seen off a talented field of runners in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, albeit the two favourites did both fall. Apache Jack is currently 6/1 and he finished third behind Very Wood on that occasion.
Geraghty’s favourite made rather easy work of a high class field at Aintree and just about gets the vote.
Punchestown Horse Racing Tips
SILVER CONCORDE ran a fantastic race at Cheltenham when winning rather cosily in the Champion Bumper. The three Mullins entries who he beat that day are back to challenge him again here and all warrant respect. Killultagh Vic was unfortunate and may well have produced more had he not been troubled last time.
The favourite is currently 2/1 with the majority of leading firms and has got what it takes to win a third consecutive race here and remain unbeaten for the season.
Both Aupcharlie and Hector’s Choice should run well in the 18.40, whilst Aladdins Cave and Highbrow Blue warrant respect in the first race of the day. Cheltenian has not ran to the best of his ability of late, but can feature if he does so in the second race and Totally Dominant and Fletchers Flyer look to battle it out in the last.
Discover Ascot is also going ahead tomorrow and there are a number of fantastic races lined up. Magical Roundabout was an odds-on winner at Windsor and should run well again, whilst the second race is wide open and will be tricky for punters.
The 3.10 is another wide open race, with Evita Peron, Adhwaa and Solar Magic just three who look very appealing. Both Tac De Boistron and Simenon will pressure the Sagaro Stakes favourite Harris Tweed. French Navy is a good option in the 4.15 and Ocean Tempest should also run well, whilst RUSSIAN REALM has every chance in a competitive last race.
BETS OF THE DAY:
BEAT THAT @ 13/8
SILVER CONCORDE @ 9/4 NB
RUSSIAN REALM @ 9/4 NAP