GRADED RACING FROM PUNCHESTOWN ON SUNDAY! We have previews for all 8 races over in Ireland including main dangers to our selections.
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Punchestown Preview Sunday
12.15 Punchestown Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m
12.45 Punchestown 15% Off Festival Tickets Maiden Hurdle (Div 1) 2m
1.15 Punchestown 15% Off Festival Tickets Maiden Hurdle (Div 2) 2m
1.45 Punchestown Punchestown Gift Vouchers Mares Handicap Hurdle 2m5f
2.20 Punchestown Kildare Novice Chase (Grade 3) 2m4f
2.50 Punchestown Sporting Life Beginners Chase 2m6f
3.20 Punchestown Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase 2m4f
3.50 Punchestown Total Event Rental Amateur National Handicap Chase 2m7f
The unbeaten DYSART DYNAMO can win again here. He really impressed on hurdles debut and the form has worked out well since. He is only going to improve and deserves to be a short price to make it a perfect 4-4 here. He is a free-going sort so I expect Townend to let him bowl along in front again and I don’t see anything good enough to peg him back here. He has the most potential of these and should be up to justifying favouritism and give Mullins another win in the race.
Hawai Game is also unbeaten and looks the most obvious danger on form. He made a winning start at Naas and like the selection should come on from that. He clearly has a bright future but might just be bumping into one here. Guily Billy won at Tramore last time and has scope to improve but this looks hot. He can do better going forward but even running a place here could represent an improved performance.
A massive field for a maiden which will give these horses plenty of experience. The bigger yards have taken this over the years and will have a massive say here. HIAOU was running a big race at Leopardstown last time out when brought down. That followed his debut when he was third behind Eric Bloodaxe who is a classy sort. With a clear round I think he is the one to beat and I’m pleasantly surprised to see him trading at around 2/1 at the time of writing as I thought he’d be shorter.
Killer Mode is the danger after a very good hurdles debut at Naas earlier in the month and will be bang there at the finish. I favoured the selection over him as I think he may have more scope for improvement. Goven didn’t run as well as expected in a good level maiden won by Sir Gerhard. He could be better here and get involved as well in another good race.
Jack In The Box will probably prove popular on debut for Gordon Elliott but SUPREME JET sets the standard and looks the one to beat to me. He chased home Eric Bloodaxe when second at Naas on debut over hurdles in November last year and wasn’t disgraced when fourth at Limerick last time. He remains capable of better and this represents a really good opportunity for him to get his head in front. In such a big field I expect him to race prominently which should be a good thing. He is by no means ‘bombproof’ but still looks the most likely winner to me.
Past Jack In The Box and the selection Mr Saxobeat would have to have a squeak as well. He won a bumper in the style of a promising horse at Galway and looked to need the outing and experience on return when down the field at Navan. He can improve and shouldn’t be all that far away either granted usual luck in running.
A very competitive handicap with 3 horses at the top of weights. ROBYNDEGLORY gets the vote with two very good runs in handicaps to her name already this season. They thought she was good enough to run in Graded company last time but was out of her depth at that trip and level. Back down in distance and class she is the one to beat in a hot race.
Farrawaybay looks the main danger if bouncing back from a below par run at Leopardstown last time. She has been running well until that point and I expect her to be better here.
This is quite an important race for BOB OLINGER as he wasn’t exactly sparkling on chase debut. Given what he achieved over hurdles he should have a bright future in this sphere and I do expect him to be a lot sharper now. If he wins this impressively he’ll be all the rage for the Festival and rightly so on all known form. He just looked a horse lacking match practice at Gowran but the fact he still won probably says a lot about the quality of the horse and the amount of potential he still has going forward.
The danger is probably Capodanno who looked beat before running on strongly to make a winning chase debut at Naas. I do think he picks up the pieces somewhat on that occasion but he is likely to have improved since and should run well. Gaillard Du Mesnil was third behind the latter on that occasion and he should also improve to get competitive.
This is a pretty trappy race with no real standouts in here without one of these making a big improvement over fences. FIZZLESTICK made his chase debut in a hot race won by Concertista and did well to finish 3rd even if beaten a long way. This looks more like his level and I think he will be a better chaser than hurdler and can take advantage of this weak race.
Whiskey Lullaby for the Mullins yard has to be the danger based on what he has already done over with a good run behind Mahler’s Promise. Lean Araig could go well at.a big price based on his experience but needs to bounce back from a couple of poor handicap runs.
I’m surprised VALUE TIP is as big as 9/2 here as I think he’ll be a lot shorter come post time. He caught the eye to some extent when third over hurdles on return at Roscommon in the summer and was well backed before being brought down switched back to fences at Killarney next time. He was under pressure at the time though so still looked like he would come on for the run. He made no mistake off the same mark up in trip next time where he won convincingly.
That was impressive and while he has been beaten twice since he has had excuses and this does look easier. He drops back down in trip and Jordan Gainford also looks a good booking. I don’t think he’ll be ridden far off the pace in this big field and that could play to his advantage too. The cheekpieces can help sharpen him up and I think there is lots to like. Henry Brown and Sanibel Island head the dangers.
Glencoe is the hot favourite for this at the time of writing and on his old form he is well handicapped but that was 2 years ago so he still has to prove himself at the age of 11. EXIT TO THE WEST is worth taking him on with as she should bounce back from a poor run stepping up in trip here. She ran a career best when finishing a close 2nd at the track in December and a repeat of that with a 7lb claim onboard should see her go very close.
Other than Glencoe rolling back the years which is possible John Adam could also be a big danger with a clear round. He was ahead when unseating in his last two runs and will be a danger if completing.
Punchestown Mixed Acca
Jumps racing from Ireland to look forward to on Sunday afternoon. We have included some of our best bets on the card to make another Mixed Acca. Pays 14/1!