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Punchestown | Friday’s Mark The Card

The team take a look through Thursday’s card at Punchestown

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2FKCG3F Jockey Rachael Blackmore celebrates after winning the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle, during Day Four of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland. Issue date: Friday April 30, 2021.

The fourth day of the Punchestown Festival gets underway on Friday with another eight races on offer for punters.

The team have marked up the card, naming their selections for each race at the County Kildare course.

Irish runners race at the 2010 Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse

3:40 – Stanley Asphalt Hunters Chase for the Bishopscourt Cup

An interesting hunters chase to kick things off at Punchestown. AN DROICHEAD GORM should have enough to get the better of market rival Alpha Male here, with his recent form looking impressive in both points and rules.

Stephen Gerard Carey should appreciate the ground and trip on offer and with the bonus of a 7lb claimer in the saddle, he should put up a good performance here.

JEZARUS showed hints of promise over hurdles before returning to points and could have a say at a big price, while IMITATION GAME could sneak into the frame if he can translate his point form.

4:15 – EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase (Grade A)

A handicap chase which contains plenty of useful sorts, FRENCH DYNAMITE could put up a good show on his first start in handicaps.

Mouse Morris’ runner struck in Grade 3 company last time out, landing the Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase at Thurles last month. He looks more than capable enough to strike at this level.

LIEUTENANT COMMAND is also one of interest here and he should be able to land success on his current mark here.

Noel Meade’s recruit had every chance of winning when unseating his rider at Naas last time out and he could come close here with a clean round of jumping.

4:50 – Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Glencarraig Lady Francis Flood Mares (Grade 2)

It looks a straightforward task for ELIMAY, who is levels above her competitors here.

Elimay and Mark Walsh winning at the Punchestown Festival in May 2019 at Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland
Elimay could land another Graded success for her connections at Punchestown

The eight-year-old kept on well to win the Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham and she has the pick of the form in the contest here.

Stablemate DOLCITA could push into the places to make it a Willie Mullins 1-2.

5:25 – Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

There looks to be only one winner in this contest and that’s the unbeaten HONEYSUCKLE.

Rachael Blackmore onboard Honeysuckle celebrates after victory in the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) during day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Tuesday March 16, 2021.
Honeysuckle should add another victory to her tally at Punchestown

ECHOES IN RAIN has a big price for a former Grade 1 winner and she could take advantage of the sex allowance and run into the places.

6:00 – Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

Following his comfortable success at Aintree, THREE STRIPE LIFE could well overturn the useful market favourite here.

Gordon Elliott’s recruit has experience and consistency on his side and while he has a few lbs to find in the ratings, the six-year-old could get the better of State Man in this contest.

6:35 – Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Chase

Whilst Billaway looks the one to beat, it may be worth siding with VAUCELET in this contest at Punchestown.

The gelding has impressed in points and cruised home on his last start under rules, thundering home by 20 lengths. He looks to be one for the future.

SOLOMN GRUNDY carries course experience and he could put up a big run in a smaller field.

7:10 – Close Brothers Irish EBF Mares’ Handicap Chase

EL FABIOLO is clear in the ratings and on form here, so it will take a special performance to get the better of him here.

BRING ON THE NIGHT looks the best on each-way terms.

7:45 – JP & M Doyle Celebrating 70 Years in Business (C & G) Flat Race

A competitive race to conclude the action at Punchestown. GOLDEN WONDER’S should benefit from his first three outings and should get a strong ride from top amateur Derek O’Connor.

COOL SURVIVOR could be one to watch on his rules debut, while SOCIALOCCASION’s pedigree gives her a chance here.

Make sure to check out our best bets for day four of the Punchestown Festival at aintree.co.uk!

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.