We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, but I’ll be focusing on Punchestown. They host a competitive card headlined by the Grand National Trial, with a Listed race also in the offing.
If you’re a stats man, we’ve gone through the Punchestown action and found horses who are clear on RPR ratings in their respective races. It turns into a 262-1 accumulator and you can see the selections below.
1.30 Punchestown – Ballyboker Bridge (7/2)
At fourteen years young, Ballyboker Bridge is a very popular veteran and has twice won this race. He simply loves it at Punchestown and proved he retained his ability when a clear second in the Risk Of Thunder on his reappearance.
He has the best recent Cross County form in the contest, is the highest-rated on RPR, and has the services of Jamie Codd, which are all obvious positive. Against some more inexperienced rivals, he can show them the way home.
2.00 Punchestown – Fire Attack (9/2)
He’s somewhat forgotten in the market, but Fire Attack is five pounds clear on RPR ratings. A very useful bumper horse, he’s yet to score in three hurdling starts. He’s been set some tough tasks, however, including a run behind Appreciate It.
He needs to bounce back from a recent fall behind Power Of Pulse, but he’s better off at the weights and gets headgear. If he can bounce back to his debut form, he has an obvious chance in this.
2.30 Punchestown – Lifetime Ambition (4/5)
Lifetime Ambition is a short-price for this maiden contest, but that’s no surprise. Jessie Harrington’s charge is eleven pounds clear on ratings and sets a daunting standard for his rivals.
He’s without a win in four hurdling starts, but has finished in the frame on three of those four occasions. His latest third over two miles here was a very good effort in a much better race than this, beaten just five lengths. Back up in distance, with ground conditions to suit, he’s going to prove very tough to beat.
4.00 Punchestown – Sempo (11/2)
A very useful performer over hurdles, Sempo was sixth in the Albert Bartlett at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. Going chasing this season has produced mixed results, failing to complete on two of his three outings over the larger obstacles.
He was hampered at the first in a Grade 3 last time and that effort is readily forgiven. This is a much easier assignment and if he was able to reproduce his hurdling form, he’d have a huge chance in this field.
His jumping is the worry, but if that’s improved since we last saw him, he’s entitled to be heavily involved.
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