Punchestown Day 1 Tips

The Punchestown Festival gets underway on Tuesday afternoon where the highlight is the appearance of Sprinter Sacre in the Boylesports.com Champion Chase.

3.40 – Enda Bolger saddles four runners with Zest For Life (9/2) making the most appeal. He won the race in 2010 and looks to have been prepared perfectly for the race after a recent spin around Cork around a shorter trip.

The best bets for Punchestown Day 1.

4.20 – Champagne Fever (11/8) and Jezki renew their Cheltenham Festival rivalry where the Willie Mullins trained runner can confirm his superiority once again. Rule The World is a class horse but the drop in trip might not be ideal for him.

4.55 – A wide open handicap hurdle with Shrapnel (11/1) expected to be in the shake up on the back of a comfortable win at Downpatrick.

5.30 – Sprinter Sacre is priced at 1/7 in the five runner race where he can confirm his well-being as the best NH horse in training.

6.05 – Willie Mullins can land the first of the two bumpers on the card with Moyle Park (15/8) who was impressive on his first start at Leopardstown back in December.

6.40 – A cracking Novice Chase with the market headed by the Willie Mullins duo of Back In Focus (4/1) and Boston Bob (4/1). Both performed well at the Cheltenham Festival with Back In Focus winning the 4m National Hunt Chase while Boston Bob was still in the lead when falling at the last in the RSA. Not much to choose between the two of them but preference is for Boston Bob. Harry Trooper and Dedigout also have to be respected.

7.15 – Very Wood and Windsor Park are joint-favs at 9/2 in the concluding race of the day,a 2 mile flat race, but it may pay to side with Wicklow Brave (15/2) who represents the Willie Mullins yard and is the first foal of  a mare who won over 1m4f.

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