Free tips Punchestown Festival Betting Preview & Tips
Punchestown Festival Betting Preview:
The 2018 Punchestown Festival is set to be one of the best for some time, highlighted by an intense battle for trainer supremacy between the brilliant trainer Gordon Elliott and the “Old Master” Willie Mullins. Read on for some Punchestown Festival betting tips…
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Back Douvan to get ball rolling for Willie Mullins comeback
Gordon Elliott is over half a million ahead going into the final showdown, but Willie Mullins has a dazzling array of equine riches with which to attack the main Grade 1 prizes this week. If his Getabird wins the Herald Champion Novices’ Hurdle at 4.20pm, where he’ll be odds on to do so, it will set the ball rolling for a very interesting climax to the 2017/2018 Irish Trainers Championship.
The star attraction on Day One of the 2018 Punchestown Festival is the brilliant Douvan, a horse trading at very attractive Punchestown betting odds of 5/4 if you look hard enough. A winner in 9 of his 11 chase starts, Douvan was an unfortunate faller at the fourth last in the Queen Mother Champion Chase last month.
Willie Mullins has declared Douvan, Min and Un De Sceaux for the BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday pic.twitter.com/T5vVaBJsrE
— Racing Post (@RacingPost) April 22, 2018
But the run up until that point told us that Rich Ricci’s eight-year-old was back to something like his brilliant best. Douvan is unbeaten at Punchestown and along with getting his career back on track, he’ll bid for his fifth course win and if he does succeed, he’ll eat into Elliott’s lead by the thick end of 200,000 Euro.
The likes of Min and Doctor Phoenix provide some stiff opposition for Douvan, but the reality is they’re all very beatable if happening to bump into Douvan at his best and Punchestown is certainly the venue where he has excelled in the past.
Punchestown Champion Hurdle Betting Preview (5.30pm, Friday)
The highlight of the entire week could be the Punchestown Champion Hurdle on Friday at 5.30pm, where Champion Hurdle runner-up Melon is looking set to lock horns with the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle winner and National Hunt season talking horse Samcro.
Melon is an admirable performer and produced a career best effort when battling it out with Buveur D’Air last month, but can he deny the talents of Samcro? Similarly, can Samcro take the step up to top level hurdling as a novice? Will the step back to two miles inconvenience him, or leave him vulnerable to speedier horses on better ground? The weight of visual evidence suggests not.
Samcro just does everything so easily and if he does go and win this race, he might not only put the icing on the Gordon Elliott cake, but also prove himself to be one of the most exciting prospects we’ve seen for some years.