Timeform pick out three bets for day one of the 2016 Punchestown Festival.
"He is expected to continue his progress in this warmer race with Barry Geraghty taking over in the saddle."
Wish Ye Didnt - 15:40 Punchestown
Enda Bolger saddles the three most interesting horses here in Wish Ye Didnt, Strangford Lough and Be Positive, and it looks fairly significant that Wish Ye Didnt is first choice of Nina Carberry, who has ridden all three before now. Wish Ye Didnt was below form at Cork last time, but has presumably been readied for the Punchestown Festival, at which she was a winner last season in a cross-county event, and is worth siding with here.
Copy That - 16:55 Punchestown
Copy That looked like a horse on a sharp upward curve when winning by six lengths at Leopardstown in December and making it two from three in handicaps, despite looking in trouble at one stage in the back straight, and he is expected to continue his progress in this warmer race with Barry Geraghty taking over in the saddle. Automated is respected for Gordon Elliot, though his yard seem to be going through a quiet spell at present and The Plan Man, who was second to Clondaw Warrior at Fairyhouse last time, could be the selection's biggest danger.
Outlander - 18:40 Punchestown
Outlander was unbeaten in his first three starts over fences, which included a win in the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase in February, and he has perhaps been slightly unfortunate in two starts since then, having looked set to play a part in the finish in the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival before unseating his rider, and then bumping into one on a sharp upward curve last time at Fairyhouse in Kylemore Lough. He still sets the standard in this race, however, and both his chief threats Henryville and Zabana will have to improve to get the better of him.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
Back Wish Ye Didnt in the 15:40
Back Copy That in the 16:55
Back Outlander in the 18:40