The final two days of the Punchestown Festival are upon us, with plenty of action still to come at the County Kildare course.
The card gets underway at 3:40 with the 2m5f Hunters Chase and concludes with a 2m2f INH flat race.
After ripping apart the declarations, the team have made three selections for the eight-race card.
Here are the three best bets for day four of the Punchestown Festival.
NAP – THREE STRIPE LIFE – 6:00 Punchestown (3/1 – William Hill)
A smart gelding from Gordon Elliott’s yard, Three Stripe Life could be worth siding with in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle.
The six-year-old has been fairly consistent in Graded company for his connections, placing on three occasions against tough opponents before going on to land the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree at the beginning of the month.
He was fairly convincing in that success and while he does come up against a promising sort in State Man, Three Stripe Life carries more experience at this level.
His price of 3/1 currently looks generous and he could put up another top-class performance here.
NB – AN DROICHEAD GORM – 3:40 Punchestown (6/4 – Various)
An interesting recruit from Stephen Gerard Carey’s yard, An Droichead Gorm could be the one to beat in the Stanley Asphalt Hunters Chase.
The nine-year-old has been consistent in all spheres of jump racing, striking on his last point start as well as consistently placing in hunter chases under rules.
The gelding faces a tough rival in the form of Alpha Male, but Carey’s runner has the bonus of a 7lb claimer in the saddle.
An Droichead Gorm should be up for the task here and looks the better option in comparison to his market rival.
LONGSHOT – EL BARRA – 4:15 Punchestown (14/1 – Various)
A winner at last year’s Punchestown Festival, El Barra could bounce back to winning ways as he dives into handicap company for Willie Mullins.
The gelding finished was given his chance in Grade 1 company at Cheltenham, but he finished well off the pace and is tried in new company by his connections here.
The eight-year-old is given a fairly modest mark here and he is partnered back up with 5lb claimer Jack Foley following their success together at Limerick in March.
The quicker ground on offer shouldn’t be a problem and while he does have a bit to prove here, he could well run a big race at decent odds.
Make sure to check out our ‘Mark The Card’ feature for the fourth day of the Punchestown Festival at cheltenham.co.uk!