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Punchestown Day 2 Horse Racing Tips: Diego deserve a chance for each-way honours

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins has dominated the Grade 1 bumper in recent seasons with eight winners from 10 renewals

Alan Dudman is backing Cillians Charm and Western Diego at big prices today for his each-way multiple...

  • First leg a big drifter to 20s on Wednesday

  • Mullins has a superb record in bumper

  • Alan Dudman is using the extra places for his multiple today


Cillians - you've charmed me

Back Cillian's Charm EW @ 20/1 in the 15:40 at Punchestown

If only Appreciate It could jump. That was my over-riding takeaway from yesterday as once again the chaser had excuses - maybe it was pocket talking but I felt he ought to have won. At least he stayed, but Emmet Mullins displayed once again how thinking outside of the box can derail the "other Mullins".

Wednesday gives us another each-way option with the opening 15:40 2m4f Adare Manor Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle and Cillians Charm has drifted to a lovely each-way price to play for the five places this morning.

Indeed, from 12/1 out to 18s and 20s, I am hoping he continues to slide.

He's stepping up in distance today to 2m4f, and that should be of great benefit judged on what we've seen so far from Anthony McCann's 6yo, and he's certainly lightly raced.

Cillians Charm has faced some decent horses so far, especially early in his career and ran second against subsequent Cheltenham winner You Wear It Well on his bumper debut - although he lacked the pace of the winner. He also ran in the Champion Bumper.

He bagged a bloodless Clonmel win from the front in January over 2m by 6L, and the way he found for pressure impressed me and I think he'll stay today's trip well.

Back Cillians Charm EW in the 15:40 at Punchestown

20/1

Jumping-wise, he disappointed at Fairyhouse last time as he was rather ragged, but he's switching to handicaps for the first time this afternoon and he looks off a good mark.

This race is also an Extra Place Special on the Sportsbook.

Diego needs to calm down a little to be a player

Back Western Diego EW @ 7/1 in the 18:30 at Punchestown

Those with good memories will recall Western Diego as one of my selections at Cheltenham in the Champion Bumper, and I wasn't alone in thinking he ran well until the carnage at the end of the race.

He was far too exuberant in front at Prestbury Park and over-raced considerably for a large portion of the race, but he was still in contention down the straight before meeting trouble, being squeezed and almost taken out in a bunch of horses that converged.

The margin of defeat was harsh on him, and if he can settle better for this and not be so eager, he has a good chance of hitting a place, and it goes without saying we need nine to stand their ground for the three places.

He really impressed me with his front-running 6L win at Naas on his debut start, and that came after he was sold for 125k after an emphatic PTP win.

Back Western Diego in the 16:30 at Punchestown

7/1

This Bumper has become something of a Willie testimonial race (like most now at the Festival), and he's cleaned up with eight winners in the past 10 years.

He stays 2m4f, so a front-running display back to 2m in soft conditions will see him a better light.

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ALAN DUDMAN'S P & L

Multiples 2021 to present: +24.03pts

2023 Daily Racing Multiple Column singles to 1pt stake (0.5pt EW) settled at BSP: +20.07pts

2022 Daily Racing Multiple Column singles to 1pt stake (0.5pt EW) settled at BSP: +170.13pts

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Irish Racing Tips 2020 to 2021: +21.63pts

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