Punchestown Festival Betting

Today's Racing Tips: Brendan Duke's three bets for Punchestown on Day 3

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Brendan Duke has a further three tips at Punchestown on Day 3

We're on to the third day of the Punchestown Festival and Brendan Duke has a trio of tips to consider, ranging from 15/82.88 up to 11/112.00...

  • Blood Destiny could easily outclass his rivals

  • Love the way Coming Up Easy won the last day

  • Well-related Samyr was hugely impressive on debut

Punchestown Festival Day 3 Tips

On to the third day we go. I must admit that it looks a tricky punting card. Gaelic Warrior and Teahupoo should get the job done but the bookies are well aware of that fact.

16:15 - Back Blood Destiny @ 15/82.88 4pt Win

Blood Destiny looks a worthy favourite here. He's bordering on a Grade 1 novice chaser. I'm not sure he was seen to best effect in Fairyhouse last time out. Connections opted for hold up tactics. That was understandable given the horse was stepping up in trip. It did mean that Blood Destiny couldn't use his most potent weapon.

This horse is a notably quick, accurate jumper. I suspect we will see a return to more positive tactics here. As we saw with Spillane's Tower winning on Tuesday, the Fairyhouse run was still a solid effort. Off a mark of 150, I expect Blood Destiny to dominate some worthy but limited opposition.

Back (4pt) Blood Destiny to Win 16:15 @ 15/82.88

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18:35 - Back Coming Up Easy @ 11/112.00 1pt Win

Coming Up Easy is a difficult horse to assess having had just four starts under rules. The handicapper has given him a mark of 123 for a wildly impressive win in Limerick last time out. The form of that race is open to question but a man is entitled to fall for a horse. I loved the way he travelled and jumped there.

This big field test will present a more thorough jumping test but I'm hopeful his technique will hold up. Henry De Bromhead must be of a similar mind to pitch the horse in here. The step up in trip promises to suit. I'm hopeful he will prove well handicapped. We're getting enhanced place terms but given the horse's profile, I'm inclined to play win only.

Back (1pt) Coming Up Easy to Win 18:35 @ 11/112.00

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19:40 - Back Samyr @ 4/15.00 2pt Win

This day will prove something of a test for my eyes as I'm chancing another horse that for now is more style than substance. Samyr was hugely impressive in winning a four-year-old only bumper in Gowran Park. They tend to be weaker contests as a rule and the form of that race isn't working out particularly well.

Samyr did go off odds-on mind you so that would suggest he was working well at home. He's related to a couple of very smart flat performers. I'm hopeful he will improve for better ground. He'll likely have to with that man Willie Mullins well represented here.

Back (2pt) Samyr to Win 19:40 @ 4/15.00

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Now read Rachael Blackmore on her Day 3 rides here.

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