Punchestown Festival tips on Saturday – Best bets through the card on the final day
Punchestown Festival tips on Saturday 1 May
All eyes will be on the final day of the Punchestown Festival on Saturday as another top-class five days’ racing action comes to a close. We’ve looked over the last day racecard and have picked out our Punchestown Festival tips on Saturday.
The Punchestown Festival draws to a close on Saturday with another cracking racecard featuring two more Grade One contests and some competitive handicap action amidst the day’s eight races going to post.
We’ve looked over the final day racecard at the premier Irish track to pick out our Punchestown Festival tips on Saturday.
PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL TIPS ON SATURDAY – BEST BETS THROUGH THE CARD ON THE FINAL DAY
2:15 Punchestown – Dooley Insurance Group Cross Country Chase (5yo+) 3m1f
ALPHA DES OBEAUX was carried out over this course two days ago when the leaders took teh wrong course, but Denise Foster’s charge can get off the mark in this sphere dropping back in trip.
The Saddler Maker gelding appeared to take well to these obstacles when finishing fourth to Tiger Roll in the Glenfarclas Cross-country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after which he completed the Aintree Grand National Course although he was well beaten behind Minella Times.
He could gain some compensation for the incident here on Thursday and if he were to replicate the performance of his Cheltenham fourth then he ought to go close.
2:50 Punchestown – Colm Quinn BMW Group Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-145) 3m7f
EUROBOT has some decent form over fences, winning at Thurles and in the process of running well behind Monkfish in the Neville Hotels Chase when unseating his rider midway.
Noel Meade’s charge has run well in competitive contests since although he got no further than the first fence in the Irish Grand National.
He features here on a decent mark with Eoin Walsh taking a further 5lbs off and if over his fall at Fairyhouse last time he could make his presence felt.
3:20 Punchestown – Coolmore Kew Gardens Irish EBF Mares Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m4f
CONCERTISTA was nutted on the line by Black Tears at the Cheltenham Festival but Willie Mullins’ charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Nathaniel mare had won her three previous starts – twice at Grade Two level – before being sent off favourite for the Mares’ Hurdle where she was denied only by a head, perhaps undone my a mistake over the last although the winner also wasn’t foot perfect.
She appeared though to be holding on until the late thrust of the winner with Roksana back in third; that one done no harm to the form at Aintree when stepped back up in trip while the fourth has run well since in defeat at Sandown in a Grade Two last weekend.
Her wins earlier in the campaign set a very solid standard for the others to match and she ought to be hard to beat here as she bids to resume the winning trend.
4:00 Punchestown – Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo) 2m
Zanahiyr and QUILIXIOS resume rivalry from the Triumph Hurdle back in March and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can uphold that form and maintain his unbeaten record here.
A winner in France prior to joining Gordon Elliott he looked out of the top drawer in registering a hat-trick of wins for that yard including a Grade One contest at Leopardstown, beating Saint Sam by five lengths.
The Maxios gelding was subsequently transferred to his current stable where he made an impressive winning debut for De Bromhead by readily taking the Triumph Hurdle, beating Adagio who didn’t uphold that form at Aintree.
It can be argued Zanahiyr didn’t run up to his best, but he was well beaten off at Cheltenham to lose his unbeaten record and might struggle to overturn that form with his conquerer perhaps winning with a bit in hand.
Henry De Bromhead’s charge ought to be tough to beat again and the course and distance winner can extend his unbeaten record here.
4:30 Punchestown – Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+ 0-150) 3m½f
TEN TEN lost all chance at the start here three days ago where he whipped around as the tapes went up and was left behind. Philip Dempsey’s charge is chanced to gain a measure of compensation here assuming he jumps off.
The Flemensfirth gelding had finished runner-up in his two previous starts at Fairyhouse over hurdles and at Naas over this trip over fences, beaten only two lengths by Scoir Mear. That was a solid return to chasing having disappointed in the Theystes Chase where he was sent off joint favourite only to be pulled up.
He is still relatively unexposed as a chaser and this mark remains workable so he could still have some further progress to offer up. He’s the choice of Mark Walsh from the JP McManus owned runners in the field and he can go well in this competitive contest if avoiding trouble at the start.
5:05 Punchestown – BARONERACING.COM Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m4f
THE SHUNTER continues to improve this season, running another excellent race despite meeting with defeat in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase when last seen at Aintree last month and Emmet Mullins’ charge can get back on track here.
That was just his third defeat of the season having also racked up five wins which include the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso. He also won over fences at the Cheltenham Festival, taking the Paddy Power Plate to prove his versatility and progression in both disciplines.
He’s back over hurdles here and given his top performance latest over the larger obstacles he could be very well treated off 143 returning to the smaller obstacles and he should make his presence felt again for all this looks very competitive with Chatam Street Lad in opposition who also looks very well handicapped.
Giving 7lbs to that rival won’t be easy, but there could be better yet still to come from him and he ought to go close once more.
5:40 Punchestown – Colm Quinn BMW Group Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f
KLASSY KAY was winless for Dermot McLoughlin but did show some glimpses of ability ahead of a switch to Willie Mullins and the Presenting mare wasted little time in showing improvement for the Closutton maestro where she won two of her first three starts including over this course and distance in January.
She was a shade disappointing at Leopardstown in March but was in the process of running well when falling in a competitive race at Fairyhouse last month where she still held a chance although she was under pressure.
That was a strong contest where she was running from out of the weights and the winner and fourth horses home have both run well since here earlier in the week. She’s since been dropped 2lbs in the weights and while this is another competitive contest it perhaps isn’t quite as strong as that last assignment.
Easing back in trip she can get back to winning ways here if none the worse for that mishap and she could bounce back.
6:10 Punchestown – Buggyman (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m
Some interesting candidates on show here but perhaps none more so than GUILTY BILLY who was an expensive buy out of the point-to-point ranks after an impressive win at Tinahely and the Coastal Path gelding could take some beating here.
Henry De Bromhead’s charge ran out a four lengths’ victor on that occasion from Captain Quint and he looks a likely type on paper given his powerful connections have done well with similar purchases in the past.
Support in the market would be significant and representing a top yard he should take plenty of stopping despite the presence of a couple of potentially smart rivals from other top yards.