Wednesday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Punchestown

Wednesday’s Irish horse racing fixtures sees only one meeting flying the flag with an afternoon fixture over the sticks. We’ve taken a look over the card and pick out our best bets at Punchestown.

While four fixtures head to post across the UK, only Punchestown flies the flag for racing in Ireland and a seven race jumps card goes to post with some competitive handicap and maiden action to look forward to.

We’ve looked through the Wednesday racecard and pick out our best bets at Punchestown and tips for the best of the action.


1:50 Punchestown – SalesSense Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m5f

EAGLE MOON has shown some fair ability over hurdles, winning at Bellewstown in July and bouncing back from a lesser effort on soft ground at Galway to chase home Alabaster latest at Tramore.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge came up against the likes of Easywork and Mt Leinster in earlier outings and the Spanish Moon gelding could improve now tackling fences for his in-form yard which is adept at turning hurdlers into winning chasers.

This does look open but it would be no surprise to see him post a big effort at the first attempt over the larger obstacles.

2:25 Punchestown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m5f

LINE OUT is still relatively unexposed as a chaser, delivering a career best effort to strike at Ballinrobe earlier in the month and John Kiely’s charge can follow up.

The Shantou gelding won three times over hurdles, but he has proven himself to be a fair and largely consistent chaser, getting off the mark in this sphere when running out a half-length victor over Dromore Lad latest.

The front pair had pulled eight lengths clear and he makes his handicap debut from a mark that might not prove too prohibitive given he’s still low-mileage over fences. The drop back in trip ought not to prove an issue and every chance he can make his presence felt here.

Trainer Gordon Elliott saddles one of our best bets at Punchestown on Wednesday.

4:45 Punchestown – Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f

PAULA’S PRAYER comes into this contest on the back of a solid runner-up effort at Downpatrick last month and the Pour Moi mare could go one better with a repeat of that effort.

Conor O’Dwyer’s charge proved only a moderate performer on the flat, buts he has run better than the bare results might suggest since switching to hurdling although she failed to trouble the judge in a handful of outings last term with her best effort coming at Down Royal.

Following a break and a couple of spins on the flat she almost got off the mark with a battling neck defeat behind Crimson Chief latest, staying on well but just unable to get past the winner with the pair clear of the third.

She’s only been raised 2lbs for that and this doesn’t look the strongest of contests so a similar performance might be good enough to see her strike gold here.

5:15 Punchestown – Download The Racing Post App (Ladies Pro/Am) Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m½f

SAM’S CHOICE offered something to work with on debut over this course and distance earlier in the month, finding a stablemate of his too strong by five lengths. However he looked green and ought to progress considerably for that effort now.

Gordon Elliott’s charge ran on well from the back but was ultimately no match for the winner. Despite the defeat he went through the race like a potentially decent sort and there’s likely more to come from the Kalanisi gelding on the back of that debut.

The form of that first run could prove useful in time given the third horse home had made the frame previously and he can make his presence felt in the finale.