Preview of day two at the Punchestown Festival

By Luke

After a successful day one with three winners from four selections I have six selections for day two. The feature race on the card is the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup off at 6:05. Bellshill comes in here fresher then the two market leaders. He was last seen pulling up in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. His jumping let him down early on and Ruby pulled him up early in the contest. Bellshill has run three times at Punchestown and has won each time, that includes this race from twelve months ago. On official ratings he has seven pounds to find to beat Al Bloum Photo and six pounds with Kemboy but both have had tough races recently. I think he will run well and hopefully keep his unbeaten record at Punchestown at 11/2.

First race off at 3:40

The first race on the card is a very competitive handicap with twenty five runners. Press Conference doesnt look too harshly treated off a mark 123. He was last seen winning a maiden hurdle at Limerick beating Annamix. He showed vast improvement from his first attempt over hurdles when he could only manage to come home in seventh. He has been off since December when he won at Limerick so comes in here a fresh horse. I think the step back up in trip will bring him on and he will hopefully run well at 8/1.

Race two off at 4:20

Zero Ten looks a class above these horses in my opinion. He was last seen finishing second at Fairyhouse in a Grade two with Easy Game back in third. Prior to that he had won his two previous starts over hurdles winning at Leopardstown and Galway very easily. If he runs his race I think he will win at 5/4.

Race three of at 4:55

Paloma Blue reverts back to hurdles after things not going smoothly over fences. He did manage to win one race over fences at Leopardstown when he bet Moon Over Germany. Moon Over Germany has since came out and won well at Aintree. Paloma Blue was a good Novice Hurdler finishing fourth in the Supreme back in 2018. On official ratings he has six pounds in hand over the favourite Vision D’honneur. I think he will return to winnings ways here at 11/4.

Race six off at 6:40

Abracadabras was last seen finishing fourth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. That is the best form of any runner coming into this race. He is still only learning his trade after running out at Leopardstown prior to Cheltenham. If he can reproduce the run from Cheltenham I think he will win at 15/8.

Race eight off at 7:45

Gypsy Island has been impressive to date and is the right favourite but I think Jeremys Flame could run well at a big price. She looked to be the winner turning in at Leopardstown last time out before tiring late on after racing keenly. The winner of that race, Santa Rossa has since came out and finished second at Aintree in a Grade two. The fourth, Botani has since came out and won by a wide margin at Kilbeggan. If he can settle, I think she will go close at 16/1.

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