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Punchestown Festival Tips - Tips for every race on Gold Cup Day

  • We've published our tips for every race on day two of the Punchestown Festival
  • The Punchestown Gold Cup is the feature race at Punchestown on Wednesday 28th April
  • Three further Grade One races feature on the day two card
  • Galopin Des Champs, Sir Gerhard and Embittered feature amongst our best bet
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Sir Gerhard (left) and Kilcruit (right) clash again in the Grade One Bumper at Punchestown. (Getty)

Day two of action at the Punchestown Festival is headlined by the Punchestown Gold Cup. Viewers also have a Grade One for novice hurdles and a Grade One bumper to take in at Punchestown today!

We've taken a look through the card in full and picked out our best bet in every race.

Punchestown Festival Day Two Schedule

3:40pm Adare Manor Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle 2m4½f
4:15pm Connolly's RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final 2m4½f
4:50pm Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle 2m4½f
5:20pm Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m
5:55pm Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m
6:30pm ITM - Supporting Irish Store Sales Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) 2m½f
7:00pm Guinness Handicap Chase (Grade A) 2m4f
7:35pm Weatherbys General Stud Book Irish EBF Mares INH Flat Race (Grade 3) 2m½f

Punchestown Tips - Wednesday 28th April

Race 1 - Series Final Handicap Hurdle Tips

Paul Nolan has endured his joint-worst season as a trainer, but I think FORTUNE STREET could bring a smile to his trainer's face in the opener. 

Nolan's eight-year-old claimed his first win at the ninth time of asking over hurdles at Wexford three weeks ago, beating a couple of decent rivals by just over a length. Despite running up to an RPR 0f 125, the handicapper has only upped Fortune Street's mark up two pounds to 116, and Richard Condon takes four pounds off his back. Ground and trip should suit.

Race 2 - Auction Hurdle Series Final Tips

VINTAGE PROSECCO looked a smart prospect in bumpers, and ran well on his first hurdles start at Down Royal, going down narrowly to Feelgood Island - who sits second in the betting here. Gavin Cromwell's six-year-old pulled hard and hung left last time, giving himself no chance. If back on song here, he can run well beyond his current price.

Race 3 - Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle Tips

Decimation has done nothing wrong this season, winning once while also finished a close second to classy sorts like Irascible, Wide Receiver and Ashdale Bob. Rachael Blackmore's mount is a worthy favourite, but I've long been a fan of BLUE SARI, and this could be the perfect opportunity for Willie Mullins' charge to bounce back to his best.

Big things were expected of Blue Sari after that second behind Envoi Allen in the Champion Bumper. Sadly, things went pear-shaped last season, and Blue Sari didn't fare much better on his reappearance this term. Mark Walsh's mount wasn't fancied ahead of the Coral Cup, but Blue Sari ran a cracker, and looked booked for second behind Heaven Help Us before that tumble at the last.

That didn't look a particularly damaging tumble, so I can't imagine it's left much of a mark on Blue Sari. Mullins' charge has won both his starts going right-handed, and quick ground certainly suits this light, speedy sort.

Race 4 - Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle Tips

Galopin Des Champs5:20pm Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 3mGET 3/1 HERE
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Discounting the last two years, the form of the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival is rarely strong. Vanillier ran out an impressive winner of that Grade One last month, but I'm still perfectly happy taking the favourite on with a rival that didn't finish behind him at Cheltenham.

GALOPIN DES CHAMPS rounded off that card with a superb victory in the Martin Pipe, stretching clear when challenged by Langer Dan to win by a couple of lengths. Having only previously run over two miles, Willie Mullins' charge improved greatly for that step up in distance, and I think three miles is only going to bring about further improvement.

Race 5 - Punchestown Gold Cup Tips

Read our full guide to the 2021 Punchestown Gold Cup to see who we think will win Wednesday's feature race.

If you plan on watching the racing via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Punchestown Gold Cup Live Streaming page.

Race 6 - Champion Flat Race Tips

I backed SIR GERHARD to beat Kilcruit to win the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. I also had a small bet on the reverse forecast, as there's clearly very little to seperate two horses who're sure to dominate over obstacles next season.

Rachael Blackmore opened up a five-length lead on her rivals coming down the hill in the bumper, and that proved to be the difference. Kilcruit came through late on to finish within a length of the winner. However, I think Sir Gerhard got a little lonely out in front, as he drifted over to the rail in the closing stages. 

I'm confident that Sir Gerhard is the quicker of the two, and this speedier track will suit Patrick Mullins' mount.

Race 7 - Guinness Handicap Chase Tips

Embittered E/W7:00pm Guinness Handicap Chase (Grade A) 2m4fGET 7/1 HERE
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I was all over EMBITTERED going into the Grand Annual at Cheltenham. Considering he'd finished second to two very classy rivals in the winter, and he'd been a little unlucky in a couple of Grade Ones at Leopardstown, I thought Joseph O'Brien's novice was very well treated off a mark of 146.

Rachael Blackmore took the ride, and looked perfectly happy aboard Embittered. That was until a surprise error at the ninth saw the favourite come crashing to the ground. 

If that fall hasn't taken much out of his, then I see no reason to desert Embittered. O'Brien's seven-year-old has winning course form, runs off an even lower mark in Ireland and his breeding suggests this step up in distance should come naturally.

Race 8 - Mares Flat Race Tips

Horses representing the powerhouse stables of Mullins and Foster dominate the market here. I, however, feel more inclined to place my faith in Michael Grassick and back MOLLYS GLORY at an each-way price.

Finian Maguire's mount ran a lovely race last time out at Fairyhouse, staying on for second behind hot-favourite Party Central. Before that, Mollys Glory had finished third here at Punchestown behind a mare who's since placed second in a Grade Three Hurdle, and beaten two future winners on heavy ground at Thurles.

Molly Glory didn't stay 18-furlongs on heavy ground when she last visited Punchestown. This shorter trip on favourably good ground will suit her much better.

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