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27 Apr
2013

Luna To Eclipse Sandown Rivals in Final Day Dust Up

Outstanding racing on both sides of the Irish sea today, with the final day of the National Hunt season going right to the wire for jockeys Davy Russell (103 winners) and Ruby Walsh (99) on the fifth and sadly last day of a brilliant Punchestown Festival.

We’ll come to that later, but first up at Sandown the 12/1 with any of bet365, BetVictor, Stan James or Ladbrokes looks too big about the rapidly improving Galileo gelding Leo Luna in the opener at 1.30pm.

He won without even knowing he’d had a race when given a true peach of a ride by Jamie Moore at Bangor last Saturday, a run necessary to qualify for a handicap to enable shrewd connections to have a tilt at this more valuable prize.

It’s a hot contest, but this lad has loads of boot and won’t mind the quicker ground.

Jamie Moore was unlucky not to win on Ubak at Punchestown yesterday, but this might be one in the onion bag for another of his father’s promising inmates.

Sticking with Sandown Park it looks wise to stick with course specialist Sanctuaire in the Celebration Chase at 2.40pm.

The Paul Nicholls trained seven year old seems to reserve his best for the Esher track, careering away with this race by 17 lengths a year ago.

He’s been no match for Sprinter Sacre in three attempts this season, but with the undisputed heavyweight champ safely tucked up in his box after Tuesday’s Punchestown exhibition, the coast looks clear for Sanctuaire to get back to winning ways at 7/2 with any of bet365, BetVictor, Coral, Ladbrokes or William Hill.

Back here in Punchestown it’s a book of five rides for Ruby Walsh and four for Davy Russell as the former bids to pull off a spectacular smash and grab final day heist on the jockey’s title.

In all likelihood he’ll fall just short, but a couple of a ‘R Walsh’ ridden winners look likely nonetheless…

The prices are nothing to get the juices flowing, but they will be more than acceptable for anyone playing them up in multiples, as 4/6 shot Tarla looks a clear pick in the 2m 2f Grade 1 Mares Hurdle at 4.25pm.

Deep ground is right up her street, Ruby had the pick between her and improving stablemate Glens Melody, plus she has upwards of 10lbs in hand on each of her four rivals on official ratings.

Also in Grade 1 company, the first-time hooded Diakali ought to prove up to netting the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at 5.00pm.

The Triumph Hurdle fourth is only 5/6 with the likes of Coral or William Hill, but with no Our Conor on display he can see off three stablemates plus Stocktons Wing and One Fine Day to take the bragging rights.

After all, he is a course and distance winner who operates on this deep ground.

Good luck!

Saturday’s best bets:

1.30 Sandown – bet365 Josh Gifford Handicap Hurdle – 2 Leo Luna (each way) @ 12/1 (bet365, BetVictor, Stan James or Ladbrokes)

2.40 Sandown – bet365.com Celebration Chase – 5 Sanctuaire (win) @ 7/2 (bet365, BetVictor, Coral, Ladbrokes or William Hill)

4.25 Punchestown – ITBA Fillies Scheme EBF Mares Hurdle – 5 Tarla (win) @ 4/6 (general)

5.00 Punchestown – AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle – 2 Diakali (win) @ 5/6 (Coral or William Hill)

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24 Apr
2013

Klepht-omaniacs In Circulation At Punchestown

A brilliant first day at the 2013 Punchestown Festival was seen by a record crowd of 18,607, with betting turnover in the ring unsurprisingly up on 2012, with a total of €1,136,900 wagered in comparison to €993,454 the previous year.

Plenty of that bumper intake through the turnstiles turned up to see Sprinter Sacre write his name into the history books in the Boylesports Champion Chase, becoming the first horse since Istabraq back in 1999 to complete the Festival treble, with wins at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown in the same season.

Immense stuff; the locals here certainly know a thing or two about horse flesh, and they lapped it up accordingly, with Sprinter Sacre and his connections afforded a heroes welcome.

There was also the sight of a resurgent Jezki getting his revenge for Cheltenham by putting Champagne Fever firmly in his place in the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle, as well as Mount Benbulben finally delivering on his abundant promise to put his stamp on the other Grade 1 on a lucrative card, the Growise Champion Novice Chase.

This afternoon’s sport is no less exciting, with a seven race card kicking off at 3.40pm (live on RTE from 4.00pm).

It’s a tough card for punters, but aside from the feature tote.com Punchestown Gold Cup at 5.30pm there could be an opening in the two and a half mile Guinness Handicap Chase at 6.40pm…

The presence of Ruby Light off a mark of 160 means the rest of the 15 runners get in with under 11 stone, and that could assist the Tom Mullins-trained Klepht in his search for a second career success over fences.

The trainer’s three runners all performed with credit at the meeting yesterday, and his stable appear in good nick.

They didn’t bother with hurdles for this guy, sending him directly over the larger obstacles after four placed efforts in bumpers (also placed in all three Point to Points).

He’s done okay so far in seven tries over fences, winning over 2m 3f at Wexford in October (Good) alongside three placed efforts, the highlight of which was a quality third at Leopardstown in January over 2m 5f (Heavy), in which he had to give plenty of weight to the two that finished ahead of him.

This afternoon he races with just 10st 1lb on his back and Davy Condon up for the first time.

The track ought to suit him, the trip is his optimum, and the ground certainly holds no fears.

In a race that might fall apart his hold up style could lend itself well, and if he is to win again this might be the perfect opportunity.

Nadiya De La Vega looks an obvious danger, but Klepht nonetheless apeals as each way value at 12’s with any of Paddy Power, Stan James, Ladbrokes or William Hill.

Earlier in the day the feature race is the Gold Cup (5.30pm), which despite the absence of Bobs Worth has the makings of a cracker.

Cheltenham Gold Cup second and third Sir Des Champs and Long Run are back for more, Betfred Bowl winner First Lieutenant has posted a string of top notch displays this season, Captain Chris has found his way into the Pricewise column and will love the return to a right-handed track, while Quito De La Roque needs to improve again but has come in for eye-catching each way support overnight.

A very good renewal looks assured, but for me it has to be Sir Des Champs.

Long Run makes mistakes and has nearly three lengths to find on Gold Cup running, First Lieutenant was due a win but has had a string of gruelling races, Captain Chris is held by a nostril by Long Run on King George form, and everything else bar the out of sorts Riverside Theatre has it all to do on the ratings.

Top rated Sir Des Champs on the other hand has had a nice break since Cheltenham, loves Punchestown (won here 12 months ago), comes from a stable who continue to fire in the winners as though they’re going out of fashion, has no concerns about the ground or trip, and has no Bobs Worth to beat.

The bookies are spot on making him favourite, and he can oblige at the 2/1 available with any of Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power or William Hill.

Good luck!

Wednesday best bets at Punchestown:

5.30 – tote.com Punchestown Gold Cup – 8 Sir Des Champs (win) @ 2/1 (Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power or William Hill)

6.40 – Guinness Handicap Steeplechase – 8 Klepht (each way) @ 12/1 (Paddy Power, Stan James, Ladbrokes or William Hill)

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