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Punchestown Festival Tips 2024

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Punchestown tips are in high demand among horse racing enthusiasts as the national hunt season reaches its crescendo in Ireland. With five full days of fiercely competitive racing ahead, there is no better time to note down our expert tips and to claim a host of terrific free bet offers.

Expert Tips for the Punchestown Festival 2024

Editor Vincent Finegan and racing pundit Emma Nagle have selected their most confident Punchestown tips.

Vincent Finegan
Vincent, who lives on the Curragh in Co. Kildare, is the editor of irishracing.com and has almost 40 years experience in the horse racing industry. He writes a weekly blog on this website covering all aspects of the sport and presents our Irish Angle video show on Mondays. He is a dual winner of The Irish Field naps table.
Emma Nagle
Emma grew up on a racing yard which got her involved in racing from a young age. Having worked in racing media on a freelance basis for a few years she joined irishracing.com full time in 2023. She has ridden as an amateur and still works with horses.

Punchestown Tips Day 4 and 5

Emma Nagle is joined by broadcaster and journalist Donn McClean to preview the final days of the Punchestown Festival which features the Champion Hurdle. The duo also look ahead to the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Vincent Finegan's Best Bets

Punchestown Day 1 Tip

    5.25pm Champion Chase - Dinoblue

    With likely favourite El Fabiolo almost certain to be rerouted to Sandown as Willie Mullins attempts to win the British Trainers Championship, it could pay to side with another of his entries here, Dinoblue. This shorter trip should play to her strengths and her mares’ allowance gives her strong claims.

Punchestown Day 2 Tip

    4.15pm Novice Hurdle - Stellar Story

    Stellar Story caused a shock when winning at the Cheltenham Festival, but the form has since been franked by the placed horses, The Jukebox man and Dancing City, at Aintree and there is a strong chance that Stellar Story can build on that success here.

Punchestown Day 3 Tip

    5.25pm Novice Chase - Gaelic Warrior

    Gaelic Warrior produced a scintillating display to win the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham from Found A Fifty and Il Etait Temps who both franked the form with victories at Aintree. Going right-handed back at Punchestown is an added bonus for supporters of Gaelic Warrior as he is unbeaten at this venue.

Punchestown Day 4 Tip

    6.00pm Champion Hurdle - State Man

    State Man arrives having won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and can maintain his impeccable record around Punchestown where he is unbeaten in four previous visits to the track, including when scoring in this race last year.

Punchestown Day 5 Tip

    4.50pm Champion 4-Y-O Hurdle - Bottler'secret

    Gavin Cromwell has been bringing Bottler'secret along steadily and the ex-Flat recruit deserves a try at Grade One level following another authoritative display at Fairyhouse at the beginning of the month.

Emma Nagle's Best Punchestown Bets

Racing expert and irishracing.com presenter and pundit, Emma Nagle, has analysed the entries to present her top two tips of the week.

    Wednesday - 5.25pm Gold Cup - Fastorslow

    Fastorslow shocked plenty when landing this race last season but it would be no surprise to see him put in a similar performance this year. Galopin Des Champs has had a spectacular campaign, but it seemed to take a toll at this time last year and now meets an old rival who will be fresh after unseating at Cheltenham. Martin Brasill's stable star relishes this track and could upset the Gold Cup winner again.

    Wednesday - 4.15pm Novice Hurdle - Betterdaysahead

    Betterdaysahead was a gritty winner of the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham and this extended trip should play to his strengths. Stepping up to Grade 1 company will be a tougher test again, however that particular Cheltenham contest has a proven record of producing Graded performers. Galopin Des Champs, Champagne Classic and Killultagh Vic are all recent Martin Pipe winners who went on to land this contest.

Johnny Ward's Tips for Punchestown

Watch our latest episode of the Irish Angle to find out who Johnny Ward fancies for the Festival as the team look ahead to an excellent week of racing.

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