Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Wednesday April 26

There is high-class jumps racing from Punchestown on Wednesday
There is high-class jumps racing from Punchestown on Wednesday

Timeform pick out three bets from the second day of the 2017 Punchestown Festival.


Presenting Percy - Punchestown 16:55

Presenting Percy showed much improved form when successful on his most recent outing in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, hitting the front between the final two flights and quickly forging clear up the hill. That form leaves him 2 lb clear of the field on Timeform ratings here and, while this represents by far the toughest task of his short career to date, Presenting Percy could yet have more to offer given his progressive profile and is fancied to take the step up in class in his stride with a defeat of Albert Bartlett winner Penhill.

Rightdownthemiddle - Punchestown 18:40

Rightdownthemiddle produced a rare below-par effort when pulled-up on his penultimate outing in the Leinster National at Naas, but may have been unsuited by the emphasis on stamina and quickly resumed his progress with a good second at Aintree last time. He was simply unlucky to bump into a very well-treated sort on that occasion and, with the drop back to this trip expected to see him in an even better light, Rightdownthemiddle is taken to see off the attentions of Sizing Granite and can open his account for the Gordon Elliot yard.

Mystic Theatre - Punchestown 19:15

Mystic Theatre looked a fairly useful prospect when making a successful debut under Rules at Fairyhouse in January and wasn't disgraced despite failing to meet market expectations at Naas last time. She was ultimately no match for the reopposing Bluegrass Princess on the day, but is likely to prove much better than she was able to show there and is fancied to reverse the placings for a trainer with a fine record in this race (won three of the last five renewals, including with subsequent Grade 1 winners Glens Melody and Augusta Kate).

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Punchestown)

Win back Presenting Percy in the 16:55
Win back Rightdownthemiddle in the 18:40
Win back Mystic Theatre in the 19:15


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