Day one of the Punchestown Festival is upon us and Timeform's Irish Smartplays team have three bets for you...
"...and with his rider again taking off 5 lb gets the nod to add another to his tally."
Punchestown 16:55 - Astre De La Cour
Astre De La Cour continued on his upwardly mobile curve with a hard fought success at Aintree earlier this month, and with his rider again taking off 5 lb gets the nod to add another to his tally. Fethard Player was one place behind the selection last time and should go well again, whilst unexposed pair Frontline and Cliff House are also worthy of plenty of respect.
Punchestown 17:30 - Champagne Fever
Probably not the strongest of renewals and a good opportunity for Champagne Fever to bag a first Grade 1 over fences. His stablemates Felix Yonger and Twinlight may emerge as the biggest threats, though Mallowney and Sizing Europe are likely players, too.
Punchestown 19:15 - Startinfromscratch
Startinfromscratch makes plenty of appeal on paper being closely related to Rock On Ruby and he may well be up to making a winning bumper debut, so gets the nod. Coeur Joyeux rates the type to improve on his Leopardstown second in February, and he is feared, just ahead of Blood Crazed Tiger and Man Of Conquest.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Punchestown
Back Astre De La Cour in the 16:55
Back Champagne Fever in the 17:30
Back Startinfromscratch in the 19:15