Tote Tipster – Punchestown Festival – Day 4

Nap of the day – Woodland Opera (4.20)


3.40 – Enniskillen – KFM Hunters Chase – Win

Enniskillen is put forward as an alternative to Shin A Vee which is seeking his third straight win and a fourth success in this race. The selection was a good winner over the banks’ course here on Tuesday afternoon and the form of that race was certainly given a boost when runner-up Trio Eile edged out odds-on favourite Cantlow in the La Touche Cup on Thursday evening. Shin A Vee won this race for the first time in 2009 and has won the race for the last two seasons. Now a 14-year-old, he readily accounted for the selection last year but is worth opposing on his first start since then. Hasty Times was third in last year’s renewal and can fight it out for that spot again with Pass The Ball and Das Mooser.

Exacta – 2-1 (Enniskillen/Shin A Vee)

Trifecta – 2-1-6 (Enniskillen/Shin A Vee/Hasty Times)

4.20 – Woodland Opera – EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase – Each/Way

Woodland Opera, a winner over hurdles here a year ago, is the pick on his first start in a handicap chase. He ran well when third to subsequent festival winners Great Field and Don’t Touch It at Leopardstown in early March and again when winning in good style at Fairyhouse last time. The ground won’t be as testing here but he still looks a bet against Diamond King which was pulled-up at the Cheltenham Festival but had earlier run well in Grade 1 and Grade 2 novice chases. Ruby Walsh rides Arbre De Vie which has had no luck in recent starts but must be a player on his run behind Acapella Bourgeois at Navan in January where he finished well clear of the remainder. Le Prezien wasn’t beaten all that far behind Rock The World at Cheltenham and he could go well again along with both Mystical Knight and the easy Navan winner, Champagne Harmony.

Exacta – 4-1 (Woodland Opera/Diamond King)

Trifecta – 4-1-6 (Woodland Opera/Diamond King/Arbre De Vie)

Woodlands Opera
Woodland Opera

4.55 – Retour En France – Hanlon Concrete EBF Glencarraig Lady Mares Handicap Chase – Win

Retour En France runs in cheek pieces for the first time and should improve on her recent effort over three miles at Navan. She finished fifth to Mick The Jiver that day but is probably better judged on her earlier win, over this distance, at Fairyhouse in February. In a handicap chase for the first time, she can win from Slowmotion which is another running in her first handicap. She is a thoroughly consistent sort and won from this afternoon’s rivals Keppols Queen, Girly Girl and Presenting Mahler at Fairyhouse two weeks ago. Rock On The Moor is back over fences for this and should go well on the better ground while Elusive Ivy, another reliable type, is another to consider along with Definite Ruby.

Exacta – 9-2 (Retour En France/Slowmotion)

Trifecta – 9-2-8 (Retour En France/slowmotion/Elusive Ivy)


5.30 – Vroum Vroum Mag – Grade 1 Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle – Win

Vroum Vroum Mag was entered for six events at the Cheltenham Festival and ran a big race when runner-up to Apple’s Jade in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle. She won this race last year and must have every chance of a follow up as she drops back in trip. The pick of Ruby Walsh from Willie Mullins’ five runners, she might just have the measure of My Tent Or Yours which finished ahead of today’s rivals Rashaan and Identity Thief when second to Buveur d’Air over a longer trip at Aintree. My Tent Or Yours also had Petit Mouchoir three lengths behind him (with Wicklow Brave and Brain Power further back) when chasing home Buveur d’Air in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Arctic Fire was running for the first time since January of 2016 when winning the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last month and is entitled to improve. This, however, represents quite a step up in class.

Exacta – 12-7 (Vroum Vroum Mag/My Tent Or Yours)

Trifecta – 12-7-8 (Vroum Vroum Mag/My Tent Or Yours/Petit Mouchoir)


6.05 – Let’s Dance – Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle – Win

Let’s Dance was a very good winner of the Trull House Stud Mares´ Novices´ Hurdle at Cheltenham but she didn’t bring that form to Fairyhouse at Easter where she just lost out to her stable companion Augusta Kate. She might be ridden with a little more patience on this occasion and all being well, she might put an end to the fine winning run of Finian’s Oscar which landed a second Grade 1 success when a winner at Aintree. Death Duty’s winning sequence came to a half when he unseated his rider at the final flight in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham but he might have been beaten at the time. This drop in trip certainly won’t be a problem and with a clear round of jumping, he looks to pose a greater danger than Bleu Berry and Kemboy, two stable companions of the selection.

Exacta – 9-4 (Let’s Dance/Finian’s Oscar)

Trifecta – 9-4-3 (Let’s Dance/Finian’s Oscar/Death Duty)


6.40 – Balnaslow – Star Best For Racing Coverage Champion Hunters Chase – Win

Balnaslow looks to have every chance of overturning likely favourite and winner of this race on five previous occasions, On The Fringe. The latter was half-a-length in front of the selection, which lost a shoe, when the pair finished fourth and fifth respectively behind Pacha Du Polder at Cheltenham but didn’t fare so well over the big fences at Aintree where he was pulled-up as Balnaslow took a fine second place behind Dineur. Minella For Value beat this afternoon’s rivals Sir Des Champs and Maple Mons when successful at Castletown-Geoghegan at the beginning of the month and he won again at Dromahane almost three weeks ago. Maple Mons has been busier but looked good when winning at Fairyhouse last time.

Exacta – 1-8 (Balnaslow/On The Fringe)

Trifecta – 1-8-6 (Balnaslow/On The Fringe/Minella For Value)


7.10 – Riven Light – Donohue Marquees Novice Hurdle – Win

Riven Light is the pick of Ruby Walsh and that has to be respected. He has a little to find with his stable companion Montalbano on their run behind another Willie Mullins inmate, Bleu Berry at Fairyhouse (not the Easter Festival) at the beginning of the month and the pair look to safely hold Chirico Vallis, Avenir d’Une Vie and Chateau Conti on that run. Montalbano was dropping in distance for the Fairyhouse race and he was a winner over two and a half miles at Leopardstown over Christmas. He looks the biggest danger to the selection and the likes of Castlegrace Paddy and Morgan can also be given a chance of sorts.

Exacta – 8-6 (Riven Light/Montalbano)

Trifecta – 8-6 (Riven Light/Montalbano/Avenir d’Une Vie)


7.45 – Beyond The Law – GVA Donal O’Buachalla Property Advisors Irish National Hunt Flat Race – Win

Beyond The Law should improve on his recent run behind Minellafordollars at Navan in March and looks the one in an open race. He was a good winner of a point-to-point at Nenagh at the end of January and looks a fair prospect. Warthog also finished second on his last start having previously won at Lingstown in December. He was second in a bumper at Chepstow and is an interesting runner here. Moyross will need to improve to figure and the same can surely be said of Its All Guesswork. Stowaway Forever might have a chance of reaching the frame after a fair effort at Navan.

Exacta – 3-17 (Beyond The Law/Warthog)

Trifecta – 3-17 (Beyond The Law/Warthog/Stowaway Forever)


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