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Punchestown Festival: DOM’S NAP | Friday’s Best Bet

Can Tony Mullins’ mare return to winning ways at Punchestown on Friday afternoon?

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Court Maid ridden by David Mullins wins the BARONERACING.COM Porterstown Handicap Steeplechase at Fairyhouse Racecourse.
Punchestown: Court Maid | 4:50pm Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Glencarraig Lady Francis Flood Mares Handicap Chase (Grade B) | Dom‘s Selection (+7.20 National Hunt & +13.37 for a £1 stake on daily NAP’s)
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After successive bankers landed on Tuesday and Wednesday, our team have picked out our best bet of the day at Punchestown for Friday’s race action.

Runners and riders at Punchestown Racecourse
The penultimate day of racing at Punchestown gets underway on Friday afternoon at 3:40pm

A chance is taken on Tony Mullins’s Court Maid, who ran a cracker in the Irish Grand National on what is her only start of the year so far to date.

She won the Porterstown in November by 13-lengths off a mark of 140, before finishing a close third at Cheltenham at the International Meeting.

Kept away for the rest of the winter by connections, she was far from disgraced in the Fairyhouse showpiece earlier this month and has been dropped 1lbs by the handicapper as she faces her own sex here.

WATCH: PUNCHESTOWN CONTENDER COURT MAID WON THE PORTERSTOWN BACK IN NOVEMBER [CREDIT: RACING TV]

She holds solid form over this trip, so the step back from a series of staying distance efforts isn’t an immediate negative.

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Jack Brendan Foley claims a handy 7lbs off her back and she holds strong course form, winning a competitive handicap hurdle race here back in November 2018.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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