Punchestown Day 4 Friday Tips and Previews

THE BANDWAGON ROLLS ON FROM PUNCHESTOWN! Impervious, State Man and Impaire Et Passe all in action in Ireland on Friday.

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Punchestown Day 4 Friday Schedule

3.40 Punchestown Stanley Asphalt Hunters Chase for the Bishopscourt Cup 2m5f
4.15 Punchestown EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase (Grade A) 2m5f
4.50 Punchestown Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Glencarraig Lady Francis Flood Mares Chase (Grade 2) 2m5f
5.25 Punchestown Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
6.00 Punchestown Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m31/2f
6.35 Punchestown Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Chase 3m
7.10 Punchestown SalesSense International Novice Hurdle 2m
7.45 Punchestown Avison Young INH Flat Race 2m2f


Punchestown 3.40

A pretty poor Hunters Chase to kick off the card at Punchestown on Friday. I’ve had a small bet on HAPPY VICTORY who might benefit from the drop in trip with one of his best runs over 2 miles. Like most of these he needs to bounce back to form but he at least has shown glimpses of potential and in a race where plenty have a bit to prove he looks to have a decent chance.

Jet Fighter would be a big player if running for the second time this week but I’m not sure he will. An Droichead Gorm was favourite for this last year but didn’t run that well but they clearly like him. He would have been the selection but does look a bit short. Of the rest the mare Keenaghan Lass could be best of them and run a place.

Punchestown 3.40

Happy Victory 7/2

Punchestown 4.15

Heading into Cheltenham lacking a run eventually took it’s toll on SO SCOTTISH but he certainty wasn’t disgraced finishing seventh behind Seddon. He should be spot on for this now and racing off a mark of 138 here I’m hopeful he can give trainer Emmet Mullins another Punchestown Festival winner. He was progressive over fences last season and still has a fair bit more to offer given how lightly raced he is for his age.

Life In The Park looks the obvious danger as he shaped much better than the bare result in a Grade 3 at Limerick last month and now handicapping he will have his supporters. At a massive price Aarons Day might run quite well back up in trip and could be one for the Each Way Extra on bet365.

Punchestown 4.15

So Scottish 4/1

Punchestown 4.50

This looks a cracking renewal with rematches galore and it looks very much between the Mullins trio at the head of the market. Cheltenham Festival winner IMPERVIOUS is the one to beat as she looks to extend her unbeaten record over fences. She was headed by her stablemate Allegorie De Vassy at Cheltenham before digging in to win going away. If in the same form she likely wins this and deserves to be favourite.

Allergorie De Vassy was a hot fav to bounce back from the defeat at Cheltenham last time out but did her usual of travelling well before not finding much which was compounded by a bad error at the last. Instit beat her that day despite messing up the second last she showed guts to rally and win. Those two will be big dangers as long as this doesn’t come too soon.

Punchestown 4.50

Impervious 10/11


Punchestown 5.25

I see no reason to take on STATE MAN here and I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t get the job done. His record is pretty faultless with only Constitution Hill managing to beat him over hurdles when he has completed. He was beaten 9 lengths at Cheltenham and possibly wasn’t at his best but still had the likes of Zanahiyr and Vauban trailing in behind. He should run his race and that will suffice once more.

Vauban was a bit disappointing in fourth at Cheltenham but if jumping better may end up being the one to chase him home. Zanahiyr ran his best race of the season last time so also deserves plenty of respect. Pied Piper went close at Cheltenham last month but this is obviously a great deal tougher.

Punchestown 5.25

State Man 1/2


Punchestown 6.00

Star of the future IMPAIRE ET PASSE returns from his Ballymore win at Cheltenham to try and extend his unbeaten record. He has won all 4 starts under Rules by wide margins and he is heavy favourite to do so again in this. He quickened away from Gaelic Warrior with ease last month and he has since franked the form winning impressively on Wednesday. He obviously has a lot more to come and I would be surprised if he is beaten.

Riviere D’etel took a tumble at Cheltenham but even if putting in a clear round of jumping would be up against it judging by the form she was in over fences before that. Dolcita and Elimay also seem to have plenty to prove at present and can only be watched for now especially in a race as good as this.

Punchestown 6.00

Impaire Et Passe 3/10


Punchestown 6.35

I’m struggling to back Vaucelet after Cheltenham and while he may well go and win this at 2/1 I’m happy to let him do so. I prefer CHRIS’S DREAM at an each way price. He’s an 11yo now but is a decent horse on a going day and finished in front of Vaucelet last month. He only weakened late and 3 miles around here should suit much better.

Billaway beat Vaucelet in this last year so is probably the value of that pair but did fall at Cheltenham. That seemed to knock his confidence a bit at Fairyhouse but if back on track has a big shout. Its On The Line is also in with a squeak if avoiding errors unlike he did last month.


Punchestown 7.10

A race won by El Fabiolo last year who has gone right to the top since then. Whilst I don’t think there is anything in here of that quality there are certainly a few capable of running at graded level. FIRM FOOTINGS gets a narrow vote after a really good run in a hot handicap at Cheltenham. He has won over the trip on his last run at two miles and may have stepped forward since then. He gets a useful 7lb taken off and could go well.

Arctic Bresil needs to bounce back from pulling up at Sandown but they clearly thought a lot of him before that and he rates a big danger. Monbeg Park rarely runs a bad race and if none the worse for his run 3 weeks ago should run well. Sa Majeste is the unknown for the Mullins yard as he won a good race at Auteuil a year ago but hasn’t been seen since. If he is fully fit he will run well in a fiercely competitive renewal.

Punchestown 7.10

Firm Footings 11/2 each way


Punchestown 7.45

I was lucky enough to be at Cheltenham on the Wednesday last month and there was a good word going around for LECKY WATSON in the Champion Bumper. He was sent off at 80/1 and for a second I thought he was coming to win the race. He was badly hampered when picking up but still ran a big race to finish fourth. That form has obviously been advertised since with A Dream To Share following up and while he isn’t in the same league as that horse he is open to improvement and should go some way to justifying favouritism in this.

The danger looks to be Quantum Storm was chased home Giovinco in a point to point who looks a very promising young horse now and then bumped into Ballyburn at Punchestown. He has more to come and should run well. Irish Panther also looks to have a bright future and is another one to note in a tricky finale.

Punchestown 7.45

Lecky Watson 2/1

Punchestown Day 4 Friday Lucky 15

I have another Lucky 15 for Day 4 of the Punchestown Festival which includes 4 of our strongest bets on Friday. If we can land 3/4 winners we would make some decent profit. Pays 350/1!

Punchestown Day 4 Lucky 15

Punchestown 3.40 Happy Victory

Punchestown 4.15 So Scottish

Punchestown 7.10 Firm Footings

Punchestown 7.45 Lecky Watson

Pays 350/1!

Punchestown Day 4 Win Treble

I have another Win Treble on Day 4 of the Punchestown Festival. They are all likely to be popular and look decent value when combined. Pays 9/4!

Punchestown Day 4 Win Treble

Punchestown 4.50 Impervious

Punchestown 5.25 State Man

Punchestown 6.00 Impaire Et Passe

Pays 9/4!