Irish racing tips – Best bets at Punchestown on Saturday 14 November
With only one card going to post in Ireland on Saturday we pick out our best bets at Punchestown.
While some top class horse racing action goes to post across the UK on Saturday there is just one meeting taking place in Ireland where there is a jumps racing fixture at Punchestown which features Grade Two action as well as a competitive handicap chase.
Getting underway for the first of eight races from 11.45pm we’ve studied the racecard and pick out our Saturday best bets at Punchestown as we go in search of more winners.
IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT PUNCHESTOWN ON SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER
12:15 Punchestown – Mongey Communications Novice Chase (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m
DARVER STAR proved to be very progressive over hurdles last term, winning four times which included a heavy ground Listed contest at Limerick and Gavin Cromwell’s charge took a big step forward with a trio of placed efforts in Grade One company including in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Kalanisi gelding blew away rivals when making his seasonal debut and first run over fences at this track last month, coasting clear to register a twelve lengths’ victory over Le Musigny and he’ll surely build on that experience where he can follow up here.
He was the best of these over hurdles and if he can show the same level of progress he did over the smaller obstacles then he could prove a tough nut to crack.
12:50 Punchestown – Alanna Homes Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m3½f
ZERO TEN won three of his four starts over hurdles during the 2018/19 season and Emmett Mullins’ charge proved to be equally as progressive last term over the larger obstacles, winning twice which includes a Thurles Grade Three contest where he beat Dunvegan by 14 lengths.
The Shantou gelding can continue to progress this term and the winning pointer switches to handicapping now from a mark that looks very reasonable given his potential to improve.
This is certainly a tougher test but he arrives fit from a spin on the flat at Naas from the beginning of the month and with scope to improve he could be worth chancing in this contest to make a winning return.
2:00 Punchestown – Bollinger Sponsor Style At Punchestown Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m1f
CALL ME LYREEN has looked a very useful prospect in his runs to date, winning both with victories at Tramore and Sligo latterly; Gordon Elliott’s charge can make it a hat-trick now taking in this contest.
The Court Cave gelding won easier than the official winning margin might otherwise suggest when beating Farceur Du Large last time and that form was done little harm when the third horse home ran well in defeat in a Grade Three contest at Navan.
This will demand more from him on these terms but he’s one who is going the right way and it is unlikely he’s reached the end of his improvement so every chance he can progress again to strike here.