Through The Card: Punchestown, Wednesday April 27

It's day two of the Punchestown Festival on Wednesday
It's day two of the Punchestown Festival on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card on day two of the Punchestown Festival.

"He is worth his place in this field and is well worth backing at the prices to continue on his steep upward curve."

15:40 - The opening contest is about as tricky as it gets, so it is certainly worth including a few lines. Go Darsi Go shaped well on his return from 14 months off when second at Navan in February and may well have more to offer after just two starts in handicaps, so looks worth including. Ian Williams sends over Poker School under the promising Toby Wheeler and, after showing that he is on a workable mark at Uttoxeter last time (hit front too soon), he should go well. Minella Berry rather ruined his chance last time after failing to settle and is worth another chance over a trip that should suit (should also get plenty of cover in this field).

16:20 - Supasundae ran creditably in the Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival last time, improving on his best despite finishing seventh, and he could yet have more to offer, especially now taking this marked drop in class. It is hard to see him out of the places after being given an adequate break after his Cheltenham exerts.

16:55 - Bellshill would not be the first horse from his stable to run below form at Punchestown this week after running at both the Aintree and Cheltenham Festivals and he looks one to take on here, especially in the presence of Emerging Force, who was set to take his record over hurdles to three wins from four starts but for an agonising unseat at the last hurdle at Haydock last time. Though that was only a handicap, he was in the process of showing much improved form at the time, with a 12 lb higher mark for his Doncaster win prior to that not halting his progress whatsoever, and he is worth his place in this field and is well worth backing at the prices to continue on his steep upward curve.

17:30 - Cue Card has been one of the highlights of a vintage National Hunt season and after registering a third Grade 1 win in easy fashion at Aintree last time in the Bowl, he should have far too much class for this depleted field, which is unfortunately missing the Gold Cup winner Don Cossack, who is injured.

18:05 - Champion Bumper winner Moon Racer is solid enough in the market on his belated return to action, but he still rates a risky enough prospect given his well-documented problems (was orginally being aimed at the Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival this season), and is worth avoiding for Placepot purposes. Aspen Colorado has always been highly thought of, but the form from his last win was not done too many favours yesterday when Brelade (who he drew clear with at Leopardstown in February) could only finish fourth in another bumper, and it could be worth including Grotesque, who was narrowly beaten Aintree bumper winner Bacardys on debut (re-opposes here) and crucially arrives here fresher than some of the other principals.

18:40 - Rogue Trader justified strong market support when getting off the mark over fences at Naas last time, and with this step up in trip set to suit (useful second over hurdles came over three miles at last year's Punchestown Festival), he could easily have more to offer from just 6 lb higher in the weights and is worth backing. Irish Cavalier has been highly tried this season and isn't on a bad mark now back at a more realistic level and should also go well.

Recommendations:

Back Emerging Force in the 16:55
Back Rogue Trader in the 18:40

Placepot permutation:
15:40 - 1, 7, 8
16:20 - 6
16:55 - 5
17:30 - 2
18:05 - 8
18:40 - 1, 11
= 6 lines

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