Thursday Punchestown best bets – Irish racing tips on New Years’ Eve

Thursday Punchestown best bets. Irish racing tips on New Years' Eve.Thursday Punchestown best bets. Irish racing tips on New Years' Eve.

Thursday Punchestown best bets

We’ve picked out our Irish horse racing tips as one meeting heads to post on New Years’ Eve; check out our Thursday Punchestown best bets as we try to end 2020 on a profitable note.

New Years’ Eve in Ireland sees just one meeting going to post with jumps racing action from Punchestown where a good card awaits punters with seven races taking place throughout the afternoon.

We’ve looked through the day’s racing in Ireland on New Years’ Eve to pick out our Thursday Punchestown best bets as we look to end 2020 on a profitable note following three winners from four selections on Wednesday at Limerick.


12:30 Punchestown – Join With A 10 Euro Risk Free Bet Beginners Chase (4yo+) 3m1f

OPPOSITES ATTRACT won twice over hurdles last term, both in soft ground at Down Royal and the Gold Well gelding has taken well to chasing without winning.

Dermot McLoughlin’s charge has however made the frame on all three starts over the larger obstacles and the step up in trip could unlock further improvement having ran Monkfish to two lengths in a point to point previously and he was beaten less than a length in heavy ground at Fairyhouse on his penultimate start so these conditions will be fine.

He boasts some solid form over fences, finishing third to Latest Exhibition on his chase debut; while his latest run saw him finish ahead of The Big Getaway at Navan when finishing runner-up to Conflated who ran well subsequently behind Monkfish.

He can get off the mark now over fences at the fourth attempt assuming the longer trip doesn’t catch him out and he ought to go close.

2:05 Punchestown – Punchestown Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3½f

DARASSO could prove the pick of the JP McManus pair and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can make a winning return to hurdling having found only Chacun Pour Soi too strong over fences on his last start.

The Konig Turf gelding has won twice since joining this yard, winning in soft ground at Gowran Park last February over hurdles before doubling up switching to chasing when scoring in the Grade Two Webster Cup at Navan.

He was thought good enough to contest the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and while he came off worst behind reopposing Bachasson on his hurdles debut for this yard in this race two years he’s now rated 4lbs superior and he could have greater scope for improvement given he remains lightly raced.

Well suited to the conditions he can run a big race here reverting to hurdling and no surprise if he were to go close despite Mark Walsh siding with Any Second Now over the O’Brien runner.

Thursday Punchestown best bets. Joseph O'Brien can win the day's feature with Darasso.

Thursday Punchestown best bets. Joseph O’Brien can win the day’s feature with Darasso.

2:40 Punchestown – Tote Supporting Irish Racing Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3½f

DEBUCHET was a fairly decent sort for Mags Mullins with early runs for that yard seeing him lock horns with the likes of Samcro, Summerville Boy and City Island having won twice in bumpers and chasing home the ill-fated Fayonagh in the 2017 Champion Bumper.

Despite showing up well and boasting plenty of solid form he was unable to break his duck over hurdles, but a switch to chasing saw him immediately get off the mark with a win at Fairyhouse and he largely acquitted himself well thereafter with a number of efforts in the frame although he failed to add to his tally.

The Smadoun gelding has since joined Gavin Cromwell and he ran a good race on his stable debut back over timber over this course and distance where he was denied only by a short-head by Gabby’s Cross and a repeat of that effort could see him going one better.

He’s been expensive to follow certainly, but he finished off well having run in snatches and despite being raised 4lbs for that run he still has some scope judging on his chase mark so every chance he can make his presence felt again here.