Another odds on favourite Cue Card lost yesterday in day two of the five day festival. I am sure that Douvan will buck that trend today but at odds of 1/5 it’s a race to watch rather than a race to have a bet in.
5.30 Punchestown – 3 Miles Grade 1
I am going for the 2016 English and Irish Grand National winning trainer’s Mouse Morris’s Alpha Des Obeaux here. He finished second behind one of my Cheltenham Festival naps Thistlecrack last month and came second at this festival last year to the useful Nichols Canyon.
We have seen plenty of favourites getting beat here at Punchestown who ran at both the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree as 3 races in 6 weeks can be a tough task! But Alpha Des Obeaux missed Aintree which is looking like it may well prove to be a big plus.