Horse racing tips: Timeform’s 4 to watch for Punchestown this week

The experts have run the rule over the rest of the festival and picked out four they fancy to score

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17:55 Wednesday – Allaho

ALLAHO‘s best form has been achieved at trips around two and a half miles – he was a hugely impressive winner of the Ryanair Chase for the second year in succession on his latest start – but it’s worth remembering that he also posted a top-class effort over three miles when a close-up third in the 2020 RSA Chase. Allaho has improved since that effort and there’s unlikely to be a huge emphasis on stamina here given the sound underfoot conditions. He can take his rivals out of their comfort zone and prove difficult to peg back.

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19:45 Wednesday – The Model Kingdom

THE MODEL KINGDOM hasn’t been seen since winning in good style at Navan in November, but the form of that listed success has worked out well, with the second scoring next time out and the third going on to finish placed in a Grade 2 at the Dublin Racing Festival. The Model Kingdom showed a nice turn of foot to put her stamp on the race, backing up the good impression she had created when scoring on her debut at Galway, and this unbeaten mare is an exciting prospect who remains capable of better.

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18:35 Thursday – Gentleman De Mee

GENTLEMAN DE MEE took a bit of time to get the hang of things over fences and he met with defeat on his first couple of starts, including when runner-up to stablemate Haut En Couleurs at Leopardstown in December. He’s improved markedly since then, however, and he completed his hat-trick when inflicting defeat on Sporting Life Arkle winner Edwardstone at Aintree a few weeks ago. Gentleman de Mee got into a good rhythm in front, racing enthusiastically and jumping soundly, and the form he showed at Aintree puts him at least 8 lb clear of these rivals on Timeform’s figures.

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16:15 Friday – Fighter Allen

Willie Mullins has won the last three editions of this novice handicap chase, all with horses who went on to make a big impact in graded company. He has a few potential representatives this time around, but the most interesting is possibly FIGHTER ALLEN, a half-brother to Envoi Allen. Fighter Allen failed to meet expectations over hurdles, but there was a lot to like about how he fared when runner-up behind stablemate Stattler on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse in December. He was well beaten when thrown into the deep end in a Grade 1 novice chase at the Dublin Racing Festival, but he got back on track when returned to calmer waters at Tramore a few weeks ago, easily winning a conditions chase. He’ll be well worth his place in graded company but first he can make a bold bid from a potentially lenient handicap mark.

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