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Punchestown Festival 2018 – Day 5 Tips

Samcro’s fall in the big race at Punchestown yesterday evening finally confirmed Willie Mullins as Ireland’s champion trainer again, and the domination of Messrs Mullins and Elliott is almost total on the last day of the festival today.

Incredibly, the two handlers are responsible for the entire field in the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle, whilst Mullins saddles a record breaking 14 runners in the Ballymore Handicap Hurdle.

Mares Champion Hurdle    

The juvenile hurdle is one of two Grade 1s on the card, the first of which is the Mares Champion Hurdle. It sees a rematch between the first three home in the David Nicholson. APPLE’S JADE was third that day, but is confidently expected to reverse the form here and finally give Elliott something to smile about.

There are a number of potentially lively outsiders to consider too including Asthuria, Pravalaguna and JERS GIRLS. Preference is for the latter as she is a course and distance winner, and comes here fresher than the other two who have run at the meeting already.

Apple’s Jade (win)3.50 Punchestown EvensBetfair, Unibet
Jers Girl (ew)3.50 Punchestown16/1Bet365, Unibet


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AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle    

Mullins should get revenge in the Four Year Old Hurdle, which sees a rematch between the first two home in the Triumph Hurdle. Preference, though, is for the mare who fell at the last there, STORMY IRELAND. This slightly easier track should suit her, whilst SALDIER is the pick of those at double figure prices.

Stormy Ireland (win)4.25 Punchestown 5/2Ladbrokes, Boylesports
Saldier (ew)4.25 Punchestown 22/1Bet365, Unibet


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BoyleSports Handicap Chase    

Two valuable, big field handicaps follow, the first being over the marathon trip of 3m 6f. The unexposed AUGUSTIN has rightly been popular in the market this morning and has to be backed given his yard’s dominance at the meeting so far. He looks likely to be suited by the step up in trip.

The same is true of PAPER LANTERN, who also wouldn’t mind some more rain. He has been in the form of his life recently, whilst we can’t ignore former Gold Cup winner LORD WINDERMERE either. He remains extremely well handicapped and has shown flashes of form over the last few seasons. He wouldn’t want too much rain, but his class could get him involved whatever the conditions.

Daklondike and Undressed are others to consider.

Augustin (ew)5.00 Punchestown 6/1Bet365
Paper Lantern (ew)5.00 Punchestown 16/1Bet365
Lord Windermere (ew)5.00 Punchestown 40/1Betfred, BetVictor


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Ballymore Handicap Hurdle    

British raiders have struggled all week, but they can end the meeting on a high in the meeting’s last big race as DREAM BERRY really caught the eye in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival and looked a winner in waiting that day. He was second in this race last season.

KARALEE looks the pick of the Mullins battalion as she’s appeared in need of this longer trip on her last few starts.

Spades Are Trumps is another interesting one if you can forgive him his last run, but it would be no surprise to see one of Mullins’ outsiders take the prize, but the question is which one?

We’d suggest course and distance winner, TURCAGUA, whose jumping has let him down over fences recently and who could bounce back to form now returned to the smaller obstacles.

Paddy Power are offering 6 places for each-way bets on this race, and Ladbrokes 5.

Dream Berry (ew)5.35 Punchestown9/1Paddy Power
Karalee (ew)5.35 Punchestown12/1Ladbrokes
Turcagua (ew)5.35 Punchestown 22/1Ladbrokes


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