Racing tips for Punchestown – Sunday Irish horse racing best bets
Irish racing tips for Punchestown
We’ve picked out our best bets and Irish racing tips for Punchestown on Sunday, the day’s sole meeting in Ireland.
Only one meeting heads to post in Ireland on Sunday with an eight-race jumps racing card at Punchestown featuring Listed racing as well as the Grand National Trial on a decent afternoon fixture at the County Kildare track.
We’ve looked through the day’s racing in Ireland to pick out our Sunday racing tips for Punchestown and best bets on the card.
RACING TIPS FOR PUNCHESTOWN – SUNDAY IRISH HORSE RACING BEST BETS
2:00 Punchestown – I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m½f
POWER OF PAUSE is 2-3 over hurdles and Willie Mullins’ charge can continue the yard’s good form with a return to winning ways here.
The Doyen gelding was a winner between the flags prior to joining this yard and having shown some useful form in bumpers got off the mark switched to hurdles at Clonmel where he beat Torygraph by just over one length.
That victory was followed up by another success over this course and distance and he lost no caste in defeat when finishing third to Dreal Deal in the recent Moscow Flyer Hurdle.
This is competitive for the grade but looks a weaker contest than that Grade Two he took in last time which was a messy affair and he looks worth chancing to quickly bounce back to winning form given he remains open to plenty of improvement.
3:30 Punchestown – David Trundley Artist At Punchestown Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m
EXCITING OSCAR has returned in good fettle and has seemingly improved for the break, scoring on his reappearance over course and distance in November and then posting a good third behind Keep The Peace at Fairyhouse latest.
Denis Ahern’s charge had posted only moderate results last term but he’s since found progress since stepping up to this trip and there could still be better to come from him over the trip with heavy ground no issue.
His chance last time wasn’t aided by making a mistake two out while challenging and he couldn’t recover; but the form of his earlier win was boosted and he could be worth sticking with to continue his improvement where he can go close again.
4:00 Punchestown – Punchestown Festival Of A Different Colour Rated Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m
SEMPO has been unfortunate in his starts over fences to date, unseating at the first on his chase debut at Naas prior to posting a respectable third to The Big Getaway at Leopardstown over Christmas.
Joseph O’Brien’s smart hurdler – sixth in the 2020 Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival – was badly hampered and unseated his rider at the first again back at this venue in the Killiney Novice Chase won by Envoi Allen and that run is readily forgiven due to that mishap.
This is an easier test of his credentials and he remains open to progress as a chaser where he can improve and with a change of luck it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix at the business end if putting in a clear round of jumping.
4:30 Punchestown – Punchestown Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) 3m4f
NICK LOST won his firt two chase starts back in the summer of 2018 before going on to contest at Graded level behind the likes of Some Neck and Delta Work but shaped as if amiss at Limerick when failing to beat a rival home behind Burrows Saint.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge returned from a lengthy absence to post a very good third behind Enjoy D’allen at Thurles last month and if building on that reappearance the Nickname gelding can get back on the winning trail.
He was beaten around ten lengths on that reappearance run, not helped by a bad mistake over the last fence before running on well and he ought to strip fitter for that return although there’s a slight question mark whether this might come soon enough.
Assuming he’s none the worse for those exertions last time he could go well here back up in trip from the same mark.