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DAILY LUCKY 15: Wednesday’s Tips | Punchestown Festival

Our team’s four bets for day two of the Punchestown Festival

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Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 19, 2021 Mark Walsh riding Vanillier wins the 2.30 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Michael Steele

After Colreevy’s demolition job on day one of the Punchestown Festival, punters were left scratching their heads as market principals Monkfish and Envoi Allen were dismantled by a brilliant front-running display from the mare.

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A tough day of tipping, but the NAP of the day landed as Chacun Pour Soi breezed home in the Champion Chase under Paul Townend.

Chacun Pour Soi ridden by Paul Townend (right) clears a fence on their way to winning the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase during day one of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Picture date: Saturday February 6, 2021.
Chacun Pour Soi returned to form after his Cheltenham Festival disappointment when winning at Punchestown on Tuesday

Here’s our team’s Lucky 15 for the second installment of action in County Kildare.

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Decimation | 4:50pm Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle | Reece’s Pick

Lightly raced given his age, Henry de Bromhead’s charge made a positive jump in grade when only going down a neck to Ashdale Bob up in trip for the first time and that is solid form.

Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore
Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore team up at Punchestown in the 4:50pm

There are no 146-rated rivals to oppose here and the consistent Gigginstown House Stud gelding could be the one to side with here on the back of that run.

Blue Sari was going to finish a never-nearer second at the Cheltenham Festival, but has been a hot-and-cold sort thus far and looks worth taking on at the prices.

Vanillier | 5:20pm Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) | Reece’s Pick

The Albert Bartlett successor was an easy winner at Prestbury Park last month after a somewhat underwhelming Leopardstown outing previously.

WATCH: VANILLIER TAKES THE ALBERT BARTLETT AT THE 2021 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He’d not been disgraced before, though, and he showed at the Festival that his Dublin run was just a blip.

Now repartnered by Jonathan Moore, he can emulate Minella Indo in landing the three-mile novice hurdle Cheltenham and Punchestown double.

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Sir Gerhard | 6:30pm ITM – Supporting Irish Store Sales Champion I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 1) | Dom’s Pick

A rematch from the Champion Bumper as the two Willie Mullins stars clash once again, and the Punchestown renewal can remain in the Sir Gerhard camp again.

The undefeated son of Jeremy is the choice of Patrick Mullins which appears an obvious clue given he rode stable-mate Kilcruit to a sensational victory at Leopardstown in February.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 17, 2021 Rachael Blackmore wins the 4.50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Sir Gerhard Pool via REUTERS/Alan Crowhurst
Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit meet again at the Punchestown Festival

There’s no doubt the former Tony Mullins representative was far from disgraced, rallying late and going down by less than a length, but the Cheveley Park Stud ambassador will be tough to peg back again if taking it from the front.

Snugsborough Hall | 7:00pm Guinness Handicap Chase (Grade A) | Dom’s Pick

One at a price, Liam Cusack’s 10-year-old often saves his best form for this track, winning at this meeting back in 2019 by 11 lengths.

Snugsborough Hall ridden by Denis O’Regan jumps the last to win The Pigsback.com Handicap Steeplechase during day three of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare, Ireland

He’s 13lbs worse off on this occasion, but has continued to be given a bit of lenience from the handicapper and ran a cracker behind Livelovelaugh at Aintree.

The pair are now separated by an extra 7lbs and with Eoin Walsh taking more weight off his back, he may go well under the radar.

Wednesday 28th April Lucky 15 | Punchestown Festival Day Two
  • Decimation | 4:50pm
  • Vanillier | 5:20pm
  • Sir Gerhard | 6:30pm
  • Snugsborough Hall | 7:00pm

Compare all of this afternoon’s horse racing markets with EasyOdds.

Read Dom’s NAP of the day and Reece’s longshot for the day.

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