It’s the second day of the Punchestown Festival and we just about emerged on the right side of things yesterday .
The first of day’s Grade 1’s takes place at 5.30pm where Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo and Allaho go hoof-to-hoof for the third time this season with the score at one all. Our feeling is that the track wont play to Minella Indo’s strengths and trainer Henry De Bromhead has a poor enough record at this meeting.
Allaho can take a step forward and finish ahead of Minella Indo and the AB runner-up Commander of Fleet.
One of the best races of the meeting – if not the season – is in store in the Punchestown Gold Cup at 18.05. and Willie Mullins holds the key with his three runners of Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo, Aintree victor Kemboy and Irish Gold Cup winner Bellshill occupying the first three places in the market.
We’re split as to who will win this and are currently 6/4 about both Al Boum Photo and Kemboy.
If you’re as unsure as us who to favour then back the one that drifts to a bigger price as we make it a match.
The Champion Bumper takes place at 6.40pm and they’re could be some magic to come from Abracadabras who wasn’t beaten far at Cheltenham and looked to have a few of these held at Leopardstown, earlier in the season, before running through the rail.
The meeting opens with the 2m 5f handicap hurdle at 15.40 where we’re paying 6 places. Rock De Baune looks to have a decent chance while Zero Ten (4.20pm), Vision D’Honneur (4.55pm) and Gypsy Island (7.45pm) should take a bit of beating beating and might be worth a treble.
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