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2019 Punchestown Grand National Trial tips – 7/1 can land killer blow on Sunday

Jonathan Vine 9 Feb 2019
Punchestown races.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for this key trial at Punchestown on Sunday and provides readers with his tips.

With racing in Britain remaining in a state of shutdown, the eyes of the entire National Hunt racing world will be fixed on Punchestown this Sunday. The main event on the card is the Grand National Trial, with many of it’s entrants likely to take part in either the Irish or British Grand Nationals later in the spring.

We’ve taken a look through the betting for this year’s Punchestown Grand National Trial and come up with our betting suggestions.

4:20pm Punchestown BoyleSports Grand National Trial Handicap Chase 3m4½f


General Principle and Dounikos are two who would also appreciate more cut in the ground, but neither should be discounted and a good performance wouldn’t send their mark through the roof. Some Neck brings Grade Two winning form into that race, having beaten Blow By Blow here at Punchestown in the winter and the Ruby Walsh factor could see Willie Mullins’ novice go off as favourite.

Solomn Grundy has improved no-end since making the switch to Ireland and Tom Scudamore travels over from England to take the ride. Another British jockey to take their chance at Punchestown is Sean Bowen, who rides KILKISHEN for Shark O’Hanlon. There have been few jockeys on our side of the pond who have been riding better than Sean Bowen this season and he could guide O’Hanlon’s nine-year-old to victory on Sunday.

After failing to complete the course on his first three starts over fences, Kilkishen has got his act together in recent months. A solid third over three miles in December was followed by an excellent handicap triumph at Fairyhouse on New Years’ Day, where the 17/2 shot stayed on strongly after the last to secure a seven-length victory.

In-behind Kilkishen that day was Se Mo Laoch, who went on to boost the form with a handicap victory of his own over Whisperinthebreeze – who hacked up at the Dublin Racing Festival – here in January. The third and fourth placed horses also went on to finish first and second in a strong handicap at Down Royal, so the form if Kilkishen’s only victory over fences looks particularly strong.

Sean Bowen’s mount gets in right at the bottom of the weights and the track here at Punchestown should suit, considering the likeness he has taken to the right-handed course at Fairyhouse. An eight-pound rise for that 25-furlong win doesn’t look particularly excessive and he’s one of the few entrants in the field who seems to genuinely enjoy good ground. 7/1 looks a very appealing price.


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