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Horse racing at Punchestown
Punchestown first hosted horse racing in 1875, and the Irish National Hunt Festival held at the end of April is a fantastic five days of jumps action that rounds off the season. As the Punchestown Festival follows its Cheltenham counterpart, other meetings beforehand do more to shape the Prestbury Park showpiece. Many Cheltenham Festival winners do go on to turn out at Punchestown too, so the significance of that is not lost on Hurdle Bet. The Punchestown Festival contains a dozen Grade 1 races, many that mirror or have similar names to their Cheltenham counterparts, so this event really is the centrepiece of Irish jumps racing. We keep a close eye on the best value bets from that and on other action. Here’s how punts on Punchestown shape the Cheltenham picture…
Punchy Punchestown tips at Hurdle Bet
If you’re looking for some prime Punchestown tips, then Hurdle Bet is the place to be. Although only over 2m 7f, the Irish Daily Star Chase ran in October has thrown up a couple of notable Cheltenham Gold Cup winners in War Of Attrition (2005/06) and Don Cossack last season. The fact these horses go on to subsequently step up and win over more than half-a-mile further speaks volumes about Punchestown form. In November, the Morgiana Hurdle is a 2m Grade 1 contest that can have a say for the Champion Hurdle. Brave Inca (2005) followed up his Morgiana victory with Prestbury Park glory. Hurricane Fly’s dominance of the Morgiana Hurdle between 2011 and 2013 also saw him grab the day 1 Cheltenham Festival feature in 2013 for Willie Mullins. Another indicator for the Cheltenham Festival is the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle raced in January over 2m. Vautour (2014) and Douvan (2015), now the favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, both took this en route to victories in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle that opens proceedings on day one of the Festival. Punchestown tips can thus go on and do great things at the Festival, and Hurdle Bet coverage reflects that.