Irish horse racing tips – Wednesday’s best bets at Punchestown

Just one fixture goes to post in Ireland on Wednesday and we’ve looked over the day’s sole racecard to pick out our best bets at Punchestown.

While four meetings head to post across the UK on Wednesday there is just one fixture taking place in Ireland and a seven-race jumps card awaits punters at Punchestown where two Grade Three contests dominate the card.

We’ve looked over the day’s sole racing fixture in Ireland and have picked out our best bets at Punchestown. Check out our Irish racing tips for Wednesday below.


1:45 Punchestown – Stanley Asphalt Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m

SIRJACK THOMAS is chanced to get off the mark back over hurdles and the Fast Company gelding can go well if reproducing the best of his flat form returned to timber on his handicap debut in this sphere.

Adrian McGuinness’ charge is lightly raced over hurdles having had just four starts although he’s been far from convincing in any of them and has yet to trouble the judge. But he is a multiple winner on the flat and achieved a fairly-useful level in that discipline where he was a best-rated 89.

His latest win on the flat came at Galway in August and this doesn’t look a particularly strong contest he finds himself in back over obstacles so he could exploit a mark of 98 on his first start in a handicap for a yard in decent form.

2:15 Punchestown – K Club Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

RED GERRY has had only a handful of starts over hurdles but the Canford Cliffs gelding has already shown a fair level of ability and has registered a win at this venue last month with a defeat of Kendancer, scoring by six lengths on just his fourth start over obstacles.

Noel Meade’s charge lost little caste in defeat at Listowel latest, beaten into third behind Politicise where he possibly found the trip on the better ground just too sharp. However he could do better back on a slower surface and stepping back up in distance which can show him in a better light.

He can race from the same mark here and he can make his presence felt if brushing up on his jumping which has let him down on occasions thus far. Nevertheless he rates a big player in this field and no surprise to see him going close with this longer trip in his favour.

Wednesday's best bets at Punchestown. Noel Meade can saddle a winner in the day's feature race.

Wednesday’s best bets at Punchestown. Noel Meade can saddle a winner on the day’s card in Ireland.

2:50 Punchestown – Branding Irish Racecourses Novice Chase (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m2½f

A WAVE OF THE SEA was the best of these over hurdles and the Born To Sea gelding got off the mark at the second attempt over fences when bolting up at Kilbeggan last month despite a less than convincing display of jumping.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge had finished fourth on his chase debut at Killarney in August, but he improved to open his account next time with a ready wide margin win over Lever Du Soleil although he was sloppy at his obstacles on more than one occasion.

Despite his mistakes he travelled noticeably well and he might well sharpen up his jumping with experience of fences. Given how easily he won last time out and in receipt of a handy four-year old weight allowance from his rivals he can follow up here.

3:25 Punchestown – Irish Daily Star Salutes Our Frontline Heroes Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) 3m½f

A competitive renewal of this contest featuring last year’s 1-2 in Jett and Alpha Des Obeaux; however THE STORYTELLER can get back on the winning trail where he has a race-fitness advantage over most of these rivals.

Gordon Elliott’s charge has had four runs this term since following a break after finishing second at the Cheltenham Festival and he bounced back from a disappointing seasonal debut at Galway in the Galway Plate where he was pulled up early to return to Ballybrit and claim the Arthur Guinness Chase two days later with a ten lengths’ defeat of Sub Lieutenant.

That win was followed up by further success over hurdles at the same venue in September and he reverted to chasing for his last start at Gowran Park when contesting the PWC Champion Chase although he proved no match for the progressive Easy Game.

He did finish clear of the rest however and a return to this longer trip will present no problems. He’s also a course and distance winner so should be up to the task of making his presence felt in this Grade Three contest and he can get back to winning ways.