Punchestown – Day 3

The fears expressed about betting at this meeting were sadly confirmed yesterday and it’s unlikely the rest of the meeting will prove any more straightforward.

Some horses are clearly over the top whilst the proliferation of Willie Mullins contenders is making life incredibly tough for punters. Already, three Grade 1 winners for the yard on the first two days have come from second (at least) strings of the champion trainer. What can be stated with absolute confidence is that playing to level stakes in contests where the yard has fielded multiple entries would see you way ahead after two days.

Today’s showpiece, the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle is made more complex than ever by the appearance of Hurricane Fly and Jezki. Nothing more needs to be said about the pair but it’s impossible to state with confidence how either or both will fare over three miles for the first time. Consequently, we’ll have to take both on with Dedigout. He’s plenty to find on official ratings with the crack duo but he’ll have no concerns with trip, ground (more rain the better) and track and rates an acceptable price at the widely available 6-1.


0.75 points each-way DEDIGOUT (general 6-1).

Staking range: 1-5 points.

Good luck with your bets.