Punchestown – Day 5 – Saturday May 2

I am – due to other commitments – penning this on Friday morning and therefore prices for tomorrow are not yet available. That said, the final day of the Punchestown festival makes little appeal from a punting perspective and I have decided to stay out.

It’s also 2000 Guineas day at Newmarket but there are far too many ifs and buts surrounding that particular contest to warrant a confident selection. The trend of recent years to turn up without a prep run makes life extremely difficult. 

I do feel compelled to put up a bet on the blog as we have had a very quiet week but I’m not taking any chances as such. TELESCOPE seems sure to have another good season in the hands of his master trainer and should have little trouble in landing the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.

Admittedly the Stoute yard has been tiptoeing into the season but this is a valuable Group 2 prize and Telescope could hardly be better suited by race conditions. A reproduction of anything close to last season’s level will suffice.

Recommended bet

4 points win Telescope (3.05 Newmarket).