Horse racing ideas: Punchestown Festival – Eamonn Hames’ best bets for Saturday, April 28



NOT the strongest of renewals for the Pat Taaffe, however it seems a superb alternative for Gordon Elliott’s SUTTON MANOR to land an enormous handicap.

He stays nicely, handles minimize within the floor and has a good engine on his day.

He has been disappointing lately, however his earlier type towards the likes of Monalee and The Storyteller reads nicely on this sphere.

He was shifting nicely within the Irish Nationwide earlier than circumstances acquired the higher of him and he ought to discover this extra to his liking.

Heron Heights would have an enormous probability if reproducing his third on this final yr and High Nellie’s Tramore win seems to be respectable type.

 Apple's Jade can get revenge

Apple's Jade can get revenge


THE stylish APPLE'S JADE might have misplaced the battle at Cheltenham towards Benie Des Dieux, however she is going to win the conflict right here.

Gordon Elliott's mare has had a fantastic marketing campaign barring her Cheltenham flop, however was discovered to be in season after the race which can clarify why she ran so under type.

She by no means gave up although and was solely a size and a half behind Willie Mullins' stylish mare on the line.

She's been right here twice to the pageant and each occasions she's dazzled – the primary time when profitable the juvenile's Grade 1 by 9 lengths and the second when profitable this race final yr by 14 lengths.

She's gained seven Grade 1s in complete, has positioned in one other three and continues to be solely six years previous.

Benie Des Dieux could also be a rising star, however it will be disappointing if the choice doesn't get again to doing what she does.

Midnight Tour might wrestle to repeat her Cheltenham second on this speedier monitor, Jer's Woman has an excellent document right here, however a poor one towards the choice and Forge Meadow is constant, however gained't get her personal approach out in entrance.


I can't assist however assume the event received to STORMY IRELAND at Cheltenham.

She ran herself into the bottom earlier than falling on the final and if they will maintain the lid on her right here I feel we might see an actual prime-class efficiency.

Coach Willie Mullins is adamant she is a lot better then she confirmed that day and if that’s true then she might overturn the shape with the 2 market leaders.

Farclas received the higher of Mr Adjudicator within the Triumph, however this can be a totally different check to the prolonged two miles at Cheltenham and Closutton's Mr Adjudicator ought to overturn the shape.

He has actual Flat tempo, goes on any floor and appears the one the choice has most to fret about.

Saglawy is clearly the best of the remaining. He had the opposite 5 behind him when profitable at Fairyhouse and there appears no purpose to anticipate any totally different today.

He's enhancing at a speedy fee, however might wrestle to kick the highest three out of the locations given the excessive normal they set.

 Mullins can land a nice pot with Stormy Ireland

Mullins can land a pleasant pot with Stormy Eire


THE unexposed AUGUSTIN seems a reside contender for the all-conquering Willie Mullins on this marathon handicap chase. 

The Closutton educated gray hasn’t had a lot racing over the previous few seasons, however he’s now a totally mature eight-yr-previous and able to do himself justice.

He may have discovered a lot when third in an aesthetic novice handicap at Navan and he now will get the dour stamina check he needs.

Stablemate Isleofhopendreams is the category act of the race.

2016 winner Fletchers Flyer has his circumstances, Paper Lantern comes right here in profession best type and Champagne Concord is able to shocking at an enormous worth.


A fiendishly troublesome handicap, however one that ought to go well with Gordon Elliott’s FLAWLESS ESCAPE

The 5-yr-previous should bounce again from his Cheltenham Festival flop, however he was despatched off favorite that day and has been dropped 4 kilos by the handicapper since.

He could also be a staying chaser for subsequent season and higher over additional, however this ought to be run at a great clip and that ought to convey his stamina into play.

His handicap debut third to Complete Recall is clearly excessive-class type and he appears a superb factor right here with such a light-weight weight.

Willie Mullins will hope to have one thing to say about that with over half of the sector hailing from his Closutton yard.

Karalee appears his first string, nevertheless I feel that Rachel Blackmore’s experience Uradel could possibly be the best of them.

Dream Berry flew residence to complete a by no means nearer second on this final yr and has solely been seen as soon as this season when a taking seventh within the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham.

He ought to enhance a lot for that, however Barry Geraghty prefers Early Doorways.


2.35 Hurricane Darwin

three.10 Sutton Manor (nap)

three.50 Apple's Jade

four.25 Stormy Eire

5.00 Augustin

5.35 Flawless Escape (nb)

6.10 Minella Indo

6.forty Dawerann

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