WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Punchestown on Tuesday 24th May.
|Sherkin Island||6/16/1||Each Way
3.12 Gowran Park
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|Rock Ya Boy Ya||6/16/1||Each Way
4.22 Gowran Park
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Date of Tips: 18/10/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (11:17 18/10/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
I’ve woken up this morning with a smile on my face, Cheltenham is back at the end of this week. With that in mind, I will be dipping my toes into some ante-post markets for the festival sooner rather than later, and will look forward to it. However, I don’t want to get ahead of myself and my test of purgatory comes this afternoon at Gowran Park, with a trappy eight race card in our hands. National Hunt action at Plumpton did tempt me, but there did not seem to be too many betting opportunities and I have found two at Gowran who I like at backable prices.
Starting with the 3.12 race, which is 1m handicap for 3YOs and looks like one of the more exciting races on the card with plenty of decent horses coming up against each other. I have had mixed fortunes with one of the runners in this race, and I will be hoping for a much improved effort this time around from Sherkin Island, for Dermot Weld and Chris Hayes, who is coming off the back of a brilliant treble at Naas yesterday. Weld’s horses have also been in good nick in recent weeks, and his 2YO winner at Leopardstown on Saturday was sure to go into many notebooks.
Sherkin Island was a very impressive winner of a maiden at Galway, when scooting away from a decent field in fine style. However, his effort in a subsequent rated race at Punchestown was very tame, especially given the fact that he had been very well punted beforehand. He should be better than a mark of 85 judged off his two efforts in his maiden runs and if forgiving him for that run last time out, he should really be going very close this afternoon. With SkyBet offering a generous four places on the race, he should be backed each way at 6/1.
We also had a near miss on the following horse, who runs in the 4.22 at Gowran Park in the handicap over 1m1f. In division 2 of this contest, I am liking the chances of Rock Ya Boy Ya for Francis Casey and Conor Maxwell. Having shown not a whole pile in his maiden runs, this horse has been transformed by a switch to handicaps off a basement mark. He ran a highly credible race last time out to finish second when well backed and despite racing off a three pounds higher mark on this occasion, he could well still be on the improve.
This step back down in trip should also suit this horse and despite not being brilliantly drawn, should have enough ability to get involved in a race such as this, with plenty of these arriving in poor enough form. Paddy Power are offering a generous five places on this competitive affair, and as a result, it would be remiss to not use those place terms to our advantage. At a price of 6/1, he should be backed each way also.