As 2017 draws to a close Donald Trump is still the leader of the free world, phones now cost in the region of €1,000 each (yes, each!!) and the Tote Pick 6 pool could very well reach €1 Million at Punchestown on Sunday. There’s not much that we can do about the first two – but we can definitely help you out with the last one.
Strategy will be hugely important on when trying to win, or share, in what could be a life-changing dividend at around 3.22pm on Sunday afternoon.
Leg 1: Big things were expected of Monbeg Notorious this season but he’s been beaten in two Beginners Chases, although they were both on heavy ground. He holds an obvious chance back on better ground here. We also like the look of Champoleon who is race fit and tries blinkers for the first time.
Leg 2: Surrogate Lad will be well fancied here having won well at Thurles last month while Show And Go won this last year and the stable had a brilliant Leopardstown Festival. Hard Bought was 2nd last year and is a big danger also.
Leg 3: It’s tempting to bank on Killultagh Vic here but the stable has been in and out over Christmas so we’re going to suggest Ex Patriot as well. It should concern just the two of them at the finish. Tigris River has gone off the boil and the ground will surely be too soft for Diamond King.
Leg 4: It should pay to concentrate on those at the head of the market here. Gordon Elliot and Willie Mullins both have excellent records in this race so Azua Emery and Msassa both get picked. Les Arceaux and Warnaq make up the selections.
Leg 5: This is wide open and we’ll top-load the bet here. Synopsis, Fine Rightly and Steel Wave are amongst the more fancied runners so make it in. Hareth is very interesting with Donal McInerney claiming 5lbs and Miles To Memphis is a huge danger if he could just learn to jump!
Leg 6: Most of these can be ruled out very quickly and the shortlist leaves us with Oakfield Rose (down in grade after a good show last time), Urbanist (low weight and also down in grade), Belle Helene (on a recovery mission but definite ability) and Soul Season (in the hope that the ground is not too soft.
Don’t forget to Place your Pick 6 Bet before Race 1 starts at 12.35 on Sunday. Best of luck!
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