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ODDSbible Racing: Punchestown Festival Day Four Race-By-Race Betting Preview

ODDSbible Racing: Punchestown Festival Day Four Race-By-Race Betting Preview

Day Four.



We had some cracking winners at Punchestown on Thursday and we're hoping for more of the same on Friday.

Here are Danny Archer's race-by-race selections...

3:40: Punchestown - Shin A Vee 9/4 and Pass The Ball 6/1 Each Way (1/4).

Denis Cullen's Shin A Vee has won this event for the last three years and whilst he is now a 14-year-old he may be able to complete a famous four timer having not been seen since under rules. Niall Madden's Pass The Ball was quite impressive last time and he remains an unexposed eight-year-old for this event.

4:20: Punchestown - Woodland Opera 9/2 NAP and Diamond King 15/2 Each Way (1/4).

I was really taken with Jessica Harrington's Woodland Opera who won with ease at Fairyhouse last time. He jumped and travelled like a stag last time and looks capable of further progress in this event. Gordon Elliott's Diamond King might be able to take advantage of his reduced mark over fences some day and despite disappointing at the Cheltenham Festival, he deserves another chance in this with the good ground in his favour in this ultra-competitive event.

4:55: Punchestown - Slowmotion 9/2 and Definite Ruby 7/1 Each Way (1/4).

I was impressed with Slowmotion last time who jumped well and then put the race to bed nicely under Mark Walsh and being only a five-year-old, she has improved markedly all season and has a live chance in this contest. Won this event last year and ran OK in a competitive event at Downpatrick in March. He's had a relatively light campaign and will be fresh for this.

5:30: Punchestown - Vroum Vroum Mag 7/2 and Labaik 9/1 Each Way (1/4).

Vroum Vroum Mag ran well in the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after a troubled preparation. She has a mares' allowance here and should go close with Walsh aboard. People will think I'm mad to highlight Labaik but he is obviously a seriously talented individual and with Davy Russell doing the steering he has a live chance of filling the placings if jumping off.

6:05: Punchestown - Finian's Oscar 15/8 and Death Duty 4/1 Each Way and Straight-Forecast.
Finian's Oscar was very impressive at Aintree grinding out victory in stylish fashion. He is a worthy favourite. I'm a huge fan of Death Duty and he was my NAP for the Cheltenham Festival. He was very disappointing that day and was well beaten when unseating Bryan Cooper at the final flight. He is better than that and the drop in trip may suit.

6:40: Punchestown - On The Fringe 11/4 and Sir Des Champs 11/1 Each Way (1/4).

Enda Bolger's On The Fringe Loves this race and whilst he has been disappointing this season, things haven't really gone his way particularly at Aintree last time where he made a bad mistake at The Chair which put paid to his chance. He should win this event again. Sir Des Champs won the Punchestown Gold Cup in the past and is certainly the class horse in this event. How good he is these days and is up for debate but he looks cracking each way value.

7:10: Punchestown - Castlegrace Paddy 7/2 and Avenir D'Une Vie 10/1 Each Way (1/4)

The former won nicely at Gowran Park in March and whilst this is a step up in class, he is an interesting contender here. The latter ran very poorly at Fairyhouse last time but looks one to keep on side if enjoying this better ground.

7:45: Punchestown - Warthog 9/2 and Moyross 7/1 Each Way (1/4)

David Pipe's Warthog was arguably disappointing when not making a winning debut a Chepstow but good ground may bring about improvement and he represents connections which like targeting horses at this event, whilst the booking of Patrick Mullins is also interesting. Noel Meade's Moyross has run with credit in defeat so far this term and looks a decent each way play.

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