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Punchestown Tips - Five horses to back on Moscow Flyer day

By Jon Vine
15 Jan 2022
  • Best bets at Punchestown races on Sunday 16th January
  • Two Grade Twos headline the card at Punchestown
  • Dysart Dynamo is our selection in the Moscow Flyer
  • West Is Awake and Exit To The West also feature in our tips
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Rachael Blackmore rides Bob Olinger for the first time over fences on Sunday. (Getty)
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All eyes will be fixed on Punchestown on Sunday, as pointers look for a few Cheltenham Festival clues. Two Grade Two feature on Sunday's card, which closes with the popular Amateur National Handicap Chase.

Here are our best bets at Punchestown on Sunday.

Punchestown Tips - Sunday 16th January

Race 1 - Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle Tips

Dysart Dynamo12:15pm Punchestown Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 2mGET 4/6 HERE
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Sunday's card kicks off with the Moscow Flyer, where I'll be hoping to see DYSART DYNAMO make a real statement. Willie Mullins' charge was unbeaten in two starts in bumpers and powered clear of a far inferior field to win on his hurdles debut. 

In my ante-post Lucky 15 for the Cheltenham Festival, I put up Dysart Dynamo to win the Ballymore. This race is over two miles, but Willie has Sir Gerhard set for the Supreme and there's no doubting that this son of Westerner is bred to go further than the minimum distance. Not the best price, but hopefully a banker selection in Sunday's opener.

Race 2 - Maiden Hurdle Tips

The bookmakers see this as a three-horse race, but I think it could pay to take a gamble on Ed Cawley's six-year-old, WEST IS AWAKE.

Chris Timmons' mount ran on well as a 50/1 outsider to finish a good third in a bumper behind the classy Grand Paradis at Fairyhouse last season. West Is Awake was badly hampered by a faller at the fifth flight on his hurdles debut at Navan last month and made a couple of telling mistakes late on as he attempted to make up some ground. Softer ground around a right-handed track could suit better, as could this drop back in distance.

Race 5 - Kildare Novice Chase Tips

West Cork Wildway E/W2:20pm Punchestown Kildare Novice Chase (Grade 3) 2m4fGET 28/1 HERE
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The red carpet will be rolled out for Bob Olinger on Sunday as Henry De Bromhead's star makes his second start over fences. Some crabbed Bob Olinger's jumping following his victorious chase debut, but I thought he jumped well for 90% of the race before making a few minor late mistakes. An improved round of jumping is expected and I can't see the favourite getting beaten.

While eight remain in the field, there are two paid places up for grabs behind Bob Olinger. WEST CORK WILDWAY comfortably saw off two decent rivals in The Bosses Oscar and Stratum to make it second time lucky over fences, having fallen first time out. Paul O'Flynn's eight-year-old is clearly going to make a better chaser than a hurdler and he should be able to live with a swift pace. At 28/1, he's a speculative each way punt.

Race 7 - Adare Manor Handicap Chase Tips

To find out who we're backing in this handicap at a lengthy price, take a look at our best each way bets in Sunday's extra place races.

Race 8 - Amateur National Handicap Chase Tips

I'm happy to take Glenloe on at 11/8 and the one who appeals most to me is EXIT TO THE WEST. Robert Tyner's mare needed three attempts to win her beginners chase last season, having finished a close second on both of her first two starts. 

On her penultimate start, Exit To The West finished a very close second to the well-backed Glenquin Castle here at Punchestown over 25 furlongs, running up to an RPR of 123 off her current mark of 115. She might need to find a little bit more improvement to beat Glenloe, but that's certainly within the realms of possibility.

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