Un De Sceaux returns to the racecourse later this month in the Punchestown Champion Chase where connections will be hoping he can follow up his success at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ryanair Chase when he drops back down to the shorter trip of 2m. Willie Mullins talented star is 4/6 to beat his rivals in Ireland. However, given the Irish meeting arrives at the back end of a long campaign, he is worth taking on at the prices.
The horse which deserves a lot of respect and looks excellent value at 6/1 in the horse racing betting is Special Tiara. Henry De Bromhead’s runner won the biggest prize of his career last month at Cheltenham in the Champions Chase at the Festival. The biggest surprise in the race was the disappointing run of Douvan who was one of the shortest price runners at the meeting. Although clearly something wasn’t right with the best 2m chaser in training, nothing should be taken away from Special Tiara who fought gamely to get the better of Fox Norton by a head in a close finish.
Special Tiara has been very consistent in this 2m division over the last couple of seasons. He was third in the 2016 Champion Chase which was won by Sprinter Sacre and he came out on top in a strong Grade Two at Kempton back in December. The 10-year-old looks to have hit the peak stages of his career and he will be knocking on the door at Punchestown. Therefore at 6/1 he looks to be the best value in the feature race on day one of the Irish meeting.
Petit Mouchoir Could Provide De Bromhead With More Success In Punchestown Champion Hurdle
De Bromhead also has an excellent chance of picking up a Grade One win later this month in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle as Petit Mouchoir has an entry for the Irish Trainer.
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The six-year-old ran a respectable third in the Champion Hurdle last month behind the impressive Buveur D’Air and My Tent Or Yours respectively. The Cheltenham winner is unlikely to run at the Punchestown Festival but he will have to reverse the form with the runner-up.
Of all the horses entered in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle, Petit Mouchoir is arguably the one which is open to further improvement. He has already won two Grade One races in Ireland this season with the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Irish Champion Hudle at the same course. At 7/2, he looks an excellent bet to end the campaign on a high.
Sizing John Can Rule Supreme In Punchestown Gold Cup
Ever since he stepped up in trip, there has been no stopping Sizing John who did the Irish Gold Cup and Cheltenham Gold Cup double earlier this year. It is difficult to see anyone stopping him claiming a hat-trick with the Punchestown Gold Cup where he is the 5/4 favourite. The main threat looks to be Coneygree who has had too many injury problems since he won the Gold Cup so he may not be 100% fit for the feature race of the week.
Special Tiara to win the Punchestown Gold Cup @ 6/1
Petit Mouchoir to win the Punchestown Champion Hurdle @ 7/2
Sizing John to win the Punchestown Gold Cup @ 5/4