Sunday Punchestown racing best bets – Today’s Irish horse racing tips

Punchestown racing best bets on Sunday 17 January.Punchestown racing best bets on Sunday 17 January.

Sunday Punchestown racing tips

Only one Irish horse racing fixture takes place on Sunday and we’ve picked out our Punchestown racing best bets for the day’s meeting which features Graded action.

There is only one Irish horse racing fixture going to post on Sunday with a high-class meeting at Punchestown which features Graded action on the card and some potential Cheltenham Festival clues into the bargain!

Seven races in all will go to post on Sunday and we’ve picked out our Punchestown racing best bets and tips for the day’s racecard in Ireland.


1:20 Punchestown – Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m

MAGIC TRICKS made no mistake on his hurdles debut at Navan last month where he readily ran out an eight lengths’ victor over Great Bear and the Davidoff gelding can follow up here upped in class.

Gordon Elliott’s charge had placed in a point-to-point prior to running a creditable fourth at this venue in a bumper back in October. His latest run saw him ease to victory in good style and there’s surely better to come from him given he’s open to plenty of improvement on the back of that outing.

That form is perhaps only fair, but he made a very good impression with the way he travelled through the contest and representing last year’s owner/trainer combination he could be up to the task of following up given his potential for better to come.

Punchestown racing best bets. Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner on the card.

Punchestown racing best bets. Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner on the card.

2:20 Punchestown – Punchestown Onwards and Upwards Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

EXIT TO THE WEST has been in top form in recent months, winning a point to point last Feburary and duly following up at Listowel over hurdles back in September prior to a switch to chasing where the Westerner mare posted successive runner-up efforts prior to a win at Cork earlier in January.

Robert Tyner’s mare ran out a five lengths’ victor on that latest occasion and she can continue to make her presence felt back over hurdles despite a considerably higher mark.

Still likely to have further progress to come given she’s a lightly-raced sort she appeared to win a shade comfortably last time and there’s a suspicion she might have been let in lightly off this mark if translating her chase form back over the smaller obstacles.

2:50 Punchestown – Sporting Life Beginners Chase (5yo+) 2m6½f

JACK FIASCO posted his only career win to date over this course back in June 2018 when trained by Jessica Harrington and while the Black Sam Bellamy gelding lost his way thereafter he could be worth chancing to return to form on just his third start for Cormac Farrell.

Entitled to need his first run for his new handler which came on the back of a lengthy absence he possibly found the trip too sharp switched to chasing next time at Down Royal when finishing fifth behind Arahecan but is open to further improvement on the back of that experience.

First-time blinkers on that occasion seemed to have a positive effect but are swapped here for cheekpieces and if able to reproduce the best of his past form over hurdles to the larger obstacles then he could go close here.