Timeform recommend a trio of bets on this evening's card at Punchestown...
Tribes And Banner got the better of Far Away So Close over 2m here recently, though the latter should reverse placings on these terms. However, the drop back to this trip should be right up Toner d'Oudairies' (17:45) street, and he's taken to return to winning ways.
Some Article's latest run is best ignored and he can confirm the promise of his hurdling debut at the second attempt in tonight's 19:15. The five-year-old was an impressive winner of a valuable Punchestown bumper on debut and made an encouraging start to hurdles career when fourth at Navan in December. He was hampered and ran out early on at Leopardstown last time but can gain compensation here.
Lord Luca (20:45) is a rare bumper runner for Tommy Stack, and the booking of Jane Mangan is a positive sign. Macnicholson is the pick on form and should go well, with Ample Space another newcomer to note in the market. Lord Luca is a half-brother to a couple of winners, out of a 6f winner from the family of Kentucky Derby/Belmont Stakes winner Thunder Gulch. He makes plenty of appeal on paper and could be up to taking this on debut.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Punchestown
Back Toner d'Oudairies in the 17:45
Back Some Article in the 19:15
Back Lord Luca in the 20:45
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