Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Wednesday December 31

There's good racing at Punchestown on Wednesday
There's good racing at Punchestown on Wednesday

Punchestown host racing on New Year's Eve, and Timeform highlight the three best bets on the card...

Punchestown 13:15 - Federici

A reproduction of the level of form that Federici showed when finishing runner-up at Limerick on Saturday could be good enough to take this, and Enda Bolger's thriving five-year-old makes plenty of appeal. Federici justified strong support when winning at Thurles and he did well to finish a close-up second at Limerick (pair clear), especially as he made a mistake at a vital stage. The main worry is that he'll find this coming soon enough, but there's little doubt that Federici is well handicapped and he should prove too good.

Punchestown 13:45 - Daneking

Daneking failed to meet expectations on his seasonal reappearance at Newbury but he ought to have benefited from that outing and is a big player if bouncing back to his best. Daneking is stepping up in trip, but he shapes as if he'll stay, and he handles testing ground well, so has to enter the reckoning in an open-looking contest.

Punchestown 14:45 - Gallant Oscar

Gallant Oscar may have been beaten last time but he still looks well handicapped in this sphere and could be tricky to beat. Gallant Oscar mixed up chasing and hurdling to good effect last season and he took advantage of a lenient hurdles mark on his return at Navan, impressing with how he moved through that contest. He was beaten at the same course, again moving well and sticking to his task without quite being able to reel in the winner, and can gain compensation here. 

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Punchestown

Back Federici in the 13:15
Back Daneking in the 13:45
Back Gallant Oscar in the 14:45

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