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PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL | Best Bets for Day 2

The team have picked out three selections for the second day of the Punchestown Festival

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Runners and riders at Punchestown Racecourse

After landing a winning NAP yesterday, the team is back with another three selections for the second day of the Punchestown Festival.

The action gets underway in County Kildare at 3:40 with a 2m4f Handicap Hurdle and concludes with the Grade 3 Mares Bumper at 7:45.

Irish runners race at the 2010 Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse
The second day of the Punchestown Festival gets underway this aftenoon

The squad have torn apart today’s card, in hope of bringing you more winners once again.

Here are their best bets for day two of the Punchestown Festival.

NAP – MINELLA CROONER – 5:20 Punchestown (9/2 – Various)

Minella Crooner was the only antepost bet I had for Cheltenham and while he missed out due to injury, the gelding could well prove himself to be one of the best three-mile novices out there currently here.

The six-year-old carries some handy form and he could well have snatched Grade 1 victory last time out at Leopardstown if he hadn’t made a mistake at the second last.

Gordon Elliot at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Minella Crooner aims for Grade 1 success for Gordon Elliott

Despite that, he did well to recover to claim second and while he does come up against two tough runners in The Nice Guy and Minella Cocooner, he could well have more in the locker here.

He should benefit from a strong ride from Jack Kennedy, with his price of 9/2 looking cracking value in this contest.

NB – MINELLA INDO – 5:55 Punchestown (7/1 – 888sport)

Following on from his respectable Cheltenham Gold Cup performance, Minella Indo could end his season with another big effort in the Punchestown Gold Cup for Henry De Bromhead.

The gelding had not shown much for the majority of the season, but he bounced back when finishing second in the feature race at the Cheltenham Festival last month.

Minella Indo Cheltenham Punchestown
Minella Indo could be one to watch out in the Punchestown Gold Cup

The nine-year-old carries some interesting form as well, as he did get the better of Allaho over hurdles at Punchestown back in 2019 as well as seeing off the likes of Al Boum Photo and Kemboy when going on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in 2020.

He will be tough to beat if back on song and his price of 7/1 does hold some value here.

LONGSHOT: KRABAT – 3.40 Punchestown (33/1 – William Hill)

Hailing from Michael McDonagh’s yard, Krabat could put up a big effort in the 2m4f Handicap Hurdle.

The gelding has been reverted back to the smaller obstacles, following two below-par efforts over fences for his connections.

The seven-year-old was just held at Punchestown over hurdles back in January when 4lbs lower, finishing a short head behind Mark Walsh’s Gain De Cause.

The better conditions shouldn’t be an issue here and his price of 33/1 looks major each-way value in this field.

Make sure to check our ‘Mark The Card’ feature for the second day of the Punchestown Festival at cheltenham.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.

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