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Punchestown Festival Tips - Every race covered on day one

  • We've published our tips for every race on day one of the Punchestown Festival
  • The Punchestown Champion Chase is the feature race at Punchestown on Tuesday 27th April
  • Three further Grade One races feature on the day one card
  • Monkfish, Blue Lord and Nonbinding feature amongst our best bet
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Monkfish (right) winning the Brown Advisory Chase at Cheltenham. (Getty)

The opening day of racing at the Punchestown Festival features three excellent Grade One races. Viewers also have a couple of intriguing handicaps, two competitive flat races and the Ladies Perpetual Cup - run over the infamous Banks course - to enjoy on Tuesday.

Let's jump straight into our through-the-card tips on day one at Leopardstown. 

Punchestown Festival Day One Schedule


Time
Title
3:40pm Have The Conversation Say Yes To Organ Donation Novice Handicap Hurdle 2m
4:15pm eCOMM Merchant Solutions Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
4:50pm Killashee Hotel Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 2m
5:25pm Punchestown Champion Chase (Grade 1) 2m
5:55pm Goffs Land Rover Bumper 2m
6:30pm Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1) 3m
7:00pm Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase for the Ladies Perpetual Cup 3m1f
7:35pm Irish Field - We Are All About The Horse INH Flat Race 2m

Punchestown Tips - Tuesday 27th April



Race 1 - Handicap Hurdle Tips


FOX FEARLESS went into Fairyhouse on the back of a good handicap win at Leopardstown, where he clearly appreciated better ground. Oliver McKiernan's five-year-old stayed on from the rear to finish second on day one, before placing sixth off the same mark behind Shanroe the following afternoon. 

Barry Browne's mount is up to 110 in the ratings, but only carried 10-8 on his back. At 12/1, Fox Fearless looks a solid each-way bet in Tuesday's opener.

Race 2 - Champion Novice Hurdle Tips


A very disappointing turnout for the first Grade One of the meeting. This looks a two-horse race between Echoes In Rain and BLUE LORD. Given that Paul Townend - who's desperate for winners this week to try and hold off Rachael Blackmore in the title race - has chosen to ride Blue Lord over the mare, I'd rather side with him.

Blue Lord ran well behind Bob Olinger in January, despite running keen throughout the first circuit. Mullins' charge was then booked for second behind Appreciate It at Cheltenham, until that fall at the final flight. Echoes In Rain had a Grade Two handed to her last time out, and I think Blue Lord has far more class.

Race 3 - Killashee Hotel Handicap Hurdle Tips


Jazzaway E/W4:50pm Killashee Hotel Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 2mGET 11/1 HERE
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I'm going to take a punt on JAZZAWAY, who hasn't been seen since running in a handicap on day three of the Galway Festival. 

Willie Mullins' mare went into that race on the back of a 200-day break and ran an absolute cracker, sitting on the pace for the entire race before getting passed in the closing stages. The winner that day was Mrs Milner, who was getting nine pounds from Jazzaway at the weights and has gone on to win the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival. 

Conor McNamara's claimer leaves Mullins' six-year-old shouldering just 10-2 here, and Jazzaway remains unexposed in handicap company.

Race 4 - Punchestown Champion Chase Tips


Read our full guide to the 2021 Punchestown Champion Chase to see who we fancy will come out on top.

If you plan on watching the racing from your mobile or tablet on Tuesday, then check out our Punchestown Champion Chase Live Streaming page.

Race 5 - Goffs Land Rover Bumper Tips


Nonbinding5:55pm Punchestown Goffs Land Rover Bumper 2mGET 5/2 HERE
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No odds are available for this bumper yet, but I'd be surprised if NONBINDING wasn't installed as the strong favourite. 

A half-brother to Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hollow, and he's by a top sire in Kalanisi. Gordon Elliott has won three of the last five renewals of this flat race, so any runners under the name of Denise Foster have to be respected, and top amateur Jamie Codd has been booked to take the ride.

Race 6 - Champion Novice Chase Tips


No disrespect to Colreevy and Franco De Port, but this is clearly a match-race between two of the most talented horses in training. I remain a huge fan of Envoi Allen, but given the fact he fell last time out at Cheltenham and the stable move to Henry De Bromhead, I'm going to have to side with MONKFISH.

Willie Mullins' star jumped terribly at Cheltenham, but still had far too much class for Fiddlerontheroof and The Big Breakaway. On his previous start, Monkfish produced a stunning performance when winning at the Dublin Racing Festival, and a reproduction of that run would make the favourite very hard to beat.

Race 7 - Ladies Perpetual Cup Tips


Enniskillen won this race in 2017, and could return for another crack at the ripe old age of 16. Youcannotbeserious has only run once since November 2017, but that was a runner-up effort to Blue Templar in the 2019 Ladies Perpetual Cup, and has to be respected if confirmed.

SAINT BENEDICT probably brings the best current form to the table, having finished second three times under rules before unseating at Down Patrick last time out. At the prices, he holds a small amount of appeal, but this won't be a big betting race for me.

Race 8 - INH Flat Race Tips


Patrick Mullins returns for another go on HARA KIRI, who was beaten into third as the 4/11f on his stable debut. Mullins had to work really hard to settle the favourite down at Gowran Park, and those efforts proved costly in the final knockings, as Hara Kiri found little down the home straight.

The winner that day has since been snapped up by JP McManus and Willie Mullins has decided to fit headgear for his second start. It would be a surprise if Hara Kiri didn't produce a much-improved display here.
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