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Punchestown Festival 2018 – Day 3 Tips

Willie Mullins enjoyed a dream day at Punchestown yesterday and, in the process, wrestled the initiative back from Gordon Elliott in the battle for the Irish trainers’ title.

Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle    

The two master handlers go head to head in a number of the big races at the Naas circuit again today, starting with the Stayers Hurdle at 5.30pm.

Mullins seems to hold all the aces here and Penhill will be very hard to beat if reproducing his recent Cheltenham effort. However, there is a risk that he may “bounce” given the length of his layoff before that run so a better bet may prove to be his stablemate, BARCARDYS, who we tipped in that Festival race and who looked ready to serve it up to the principals when falling at the last.

Mullins also has two of the more interesting outsiders in Shaneshill and BLEU ET ROUGE. The latter is of particular appeal now upped in trip on slightly better ground. His connections must have felt he had plenty of stamina to have run him in the Albert Bartlett in 2016 and he has shown flashes of top class form over much shorter trips this winter.

Barcardys (win)5.30 Punchestown3/1Bet365
Bleu Et Rouge (ew)5.30 Punchestown50/1Ladbrokes


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Mullins should take the day’s other Grade 1, the Ryanair Novices Chase, courtesy of Footpad who comes here off of the back of his impressive Arkle win. It is hard to find a betting angle in the race, so it probably makes sense to focus instead on a couple of the big field handicaps on the rest of the card. Handicap Chase    

The first one is a two mile chase at 4.15pm and provided the ground is okay we think POWERSBOMB looks a good option. This is his first run of the season, so he has obviously had some problems, but he ran well in a Grade 1 novice chase over course and distance last season and looks reasonably well treated based on that effort.

Mullins’ BON PAPA is the one they all have to beat as he seemed to relish the drop back to two miles last time out and the better going today will suit him even more, but there are some lively outsiders too like LEAN AND KEEN, who was running well when falling in a decent race at Fairyhouse last time out. Any further drying of the ground will bring him right into the equation.

Townshend, Three Stars and Lake Takapuna are others to consider.

Powersbomb (ew)4.15 Punchestown12/1Bet365
Bon Papa (ew)4.15 Punchestown6/1Ladbrokes
Lean And Keen (ew)4.15 Punchestown40/1Ladbrokes


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Alanna Homes Handicap Hurdle    

The other race to concentrate on is a three mile handicap hurdle at 6.05pm. The race sees the return of two horses we backed for the Pertemps Final, GLENLOE who finished second and A Great View, who was a fast finishing sixth. Both should be in the mix again today and compensation surely awaits for one of the pair.

STONEFORD could prove the pick of those at longer odds for the in-form Noel Meade, especially as Paddy Power are offering 6 places for each-way bets.

Glenloe (ew)6.05 Punchestown9/2Paddy Power
Stoneford (ew)6.05 Punchestown20/1Paddy Power


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