Tuesday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Punchestown
We’ve picked out our Tuesday Irish racing tips for the meeting at Punchestown.
While four meetings go to post across the UK on Tuesday there is also one fixture taking place in Ireland following a short break on Monday where no Irish racing took place.
Punchestown fell foul to thick fog on Sunday but not before Min won a third John Durkan Memorial Chase; but we return to the County Kildare track for seven races over the sticks and we’ve looked through the card to pick out our Tuesday Irish racing tips for the day’s jumping fixture.
TUESDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT PUNCHESTOWN
12:55 Punchestown – Gift A Donation This Year Maiden Hurdle (4yo) 2m4f
Irish Cesarewitch winner Cape Gentleman could prove tough to beat if taking to this discipline but PETIBONOME found only one too good on his hurdling debut at Clonmel last month, finishing six lengths’ adrift of It Could Be You and might be worth chancing to build on that outing.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge had finished first past the post in a point-to-point but later lost the race having taken the wrong course and the two miles of his hurdles debut may have been too sharp on his first run in more than eight months which might have been needed in order to shake off any cobwebs.
Not helped by being hampered and then making a mistake at the last the Al Namix gelding could improve for the experience and the longer trip looks a positive so every chance he can make his presence felt in this contest with progress anticipated on the back of that run.
1:25 Punchestown – Shop Local Online Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f
This looks a decent contest with several improving types in opposition and GEVREY could be the one to side with given he’s still thoroughly unexposed over hurdles.
Gordon Elliott’s charge twice finished runner-up over hurdles in outings at Listowel and Galway prior to getting off the mark at the third attempt with success at Limerick last month and he can continue to improve.
He was value for more than the half-length margin of victory over Kings Keeper where the front two pulled clear, travelling well into the contest and only needing pushed out for a cosy win. His earlier runner-up finish behind Belfast Banter looks stronger now and he’s proven he can handle testing ground with aplomb having scored that last win in heavy ground.
This is tougher and he tackles a longer trip now, but with further improvement anticipated he can continue to make his presence felt where he could strike another win.
2:30 Punchestown – Gift Punchestown Vouchers This Christmas Beginners Chase (4yo+) 3m1½f
SCHOOL BOY HOURS has yet to get his head in front over fences but he has faced a number of tough assignments and the Cork hurdles winner might be able to get off the mark in this sphere having run better than the bare result latest.
Noel Meade’s charge locked horns with the likes of Laurina, Bapaume and Castlebawn West last term, twice finishing third in those outings and he returned to action following ten months off to find only Latest Exhibition too strong here in October.
The Presenting gelding didn’t disgrace himself in finishing fourth to Asterion Forlonge last month despite being well beaten although he made a number of mistakes and he’ll need to do better with his jumping. That form though has been franked and there could be better to come from him over the larger obstacles with this longer trip a potential source of improvement.
Assuming he can keep the mistakes down to a minimum then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the mix and he can go close here.
3:00 Punchestown – Barry Geraghty Autobiography True Colours Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m4½f
SUNRISE LADY isn’t the most straightforward but the Scorpion mare has been holding her form quite well this term and could get back to winning ways here.
Conor O’Dwyer’s charge has made the frame in each of her past four starts, scoring over 2m 6f at this venue in October with a defeat of Top Question and she ran better than the bare result back here last time over a furlong shorter trip than this when finishing fourth to Cushinstown Finest.
The slightly stiffer test could show her in a better light and if able to handle the heavy ground here then she can continue in form to give a good account although her chances would likely be stronger if the ground was less testing.
Nevertheless she can go well in this contest and a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise under Ricky Doyle.