Timeform pick out their best three bets on day four of the Punchestown Festival...
"It remains to be seen what effect two hard races after such a long absence will have..."
My Tent Or Yours - 17:30 Punchestown
My Tent Or Yours showed that he remains a top-class hurdler when chasing home Annie Power on his return from almost two years off the track in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and he can be excused a below par effort at Aintree last time, his stamina seemingly stretched by the longer trip. It remains to be seen what effect two hard races after such a long absence will have, but the withdrawal of his Cheltenham and Aintree conqueror leaves him some 9 lb clear of Vroum Vroum Mag on Timeform ratings and My Tent Or Yours is fancied to gain a deserved victory if reproducing the same level of form he showed at Cheltenham.
Jer's Girl - 18:05 Punchestown
Jer's Girl made the most of a generous weight-for-age allowance when recording a first Grade 1 success at Fairyhouse last month and she appears to be similarly well-treated by the conditions of this race, in receipt of 18 lb from each of her rivals. Second behind the smart prospect Apple's Jade in a Leopardstown Grade 2 over Christmas, she didn't need to improve when scoring on her first start for JP McManus last time and, with a reproduction of that form likely to be good enough here (3 lb in hand on Timeform ratings), Jer's Girl is expected to provide a popular success for the small yard of Gavin Cromwell.
On The Fringe - 19:45 Punchestown
A four-time winner of this race already, On The Fringe comes into this year's renewal seemingly as good as ever at the age of 11 and seeks to complete the Cheltenham/Aintree/Punchestown treble for the second consecutive year. He was forced to work hard to retain his Cheltenham crown (reopposing Marito and Paint The Clouds close in second and third respectively), but was back to something like his best when cruising to victory over the Aintree fences last time. On The Fringe can consolidate his position as one of the best hunter chasers of all time with a fifth victory in this race and cap what could be a memorable day for his owner.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All at Punchestown)
Back My Tent Or Yours in the 17:30
Back Jer's Girl in the 18:05
Back On The Fringe on the 19:45