Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Tuesday; Charbel (w/o Yorkhill) in the Punchestown 16:20. Compare odds and bet.
The Punchestown Festival gets underway in Ireland later today with a trio of Grade 1s, the first being the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle, for which the unbeaten Yorkhill is deservedly an odds-on favourite.
Willie Mullins’ chestnut won at last year’s festival and is one of the brightest young prospects in the game, but it is always a big ask to win at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown in the same season.
With that in mind, the Kim Bailey-trained Charbel (4:20) makes some appeal, although the race doesn’t really have an each-way look to it, with only six horses going to post.
The five-year-old will relish the drying ground and should also appreciate reverting to a right-handed track, despite running a blinder when fifth in the Supreme. He finished in front of Petit Mouchoir at Cheltenham and earlier impressively beat Brain Power at Musselburgh.
The options here are to back him each-way to just two places (Bet365 were offering 9-1 to ¼ odds early on Monday evening) or back him in the market without Yorkhill, for which he was available at 7-4 (Paddy Power) overnight. I, personally, prefer the latter.
4:20 Punchestown Festival Charbel (w/o Yorkhill) ; 7/4 Paddy Power
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