WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Limerick on Friday 27th May.
|Take All||14/114/1||14.10 Punchestown
each-way (3 places 1/5)
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|Coko Beach||10/110/1||14.40 Punchestown
each-way (4 places 1/5)
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Date of Tips: 12/02/2022
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (18:32 12/02/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
Over the next 10 or so days, jumps fans’ thoughts will turn to all things Grand National – both English and Irish versions.
Sunday’s Punchestown feature race is the Hollywoodbets Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at 2.40, and as the name suggests, there will be a few who also have eyes on the big prize at Fairyhouse in April.
The weights for the Aintree Grand National will be announced on Tuesday next week, and Haydock’s William Hill Grand National Trial will be the highlight of next weekend’s action. So, it’s worth manoeuvring your mind to staying chase mode for the near future.
When considering staying chases, many an Irish jumps aficionado will point you towards the Thyestes Chase as being a (if not ‘the’) staying chase cornerstone of the season. Run just over two weeks ago, this year’s renewal will be a central piece of form in the coming months.
At Punchestown on Sunday, this form line can be put to the test – though interestingly not the first time it will be, as Foxy Jacks (pulled up and outclassed in the Thyestes) ran a belter at the Dublin Racing Festival last weekend.
Two angles that are worth monitoring closely with regard to the Thyestes are that, clearly anything that ran in it is worth a second look next time, as invariably any other assignment will be an easier one. While also, any horse that raced for any period near the inside of the track at Gowran Park in the Thyestes seemed to be treading water late on. It was obviously deeper on the inside that day.
Foxy Jacks was one such example, and look what he did at Leopardstown. While, once he had won the main battle for a prominent position, last year’s Thyestes winner Coko Beach, drifted towards the inside of the track, and as a result ran race much better than his sixth-place finish suggests.
Coko Beach is well worth supporting in the Hollywoodbets Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown at 2.40 tomorrow – and is a very appealing each-way price at 10/1 with Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook.
For those worried about the quick turn-around, it’s worth noting that last season Coko Beach ran five times in 84 days throughout the winter and it was on the fourth of those that he won the Thyestes, and romped home in a Grade 2 on the fifth of them.
Gordon Elliott’s strapping grey can take his racing, and clearly thrives on it. Even more reason to get involved with Coko Beach at 10/1 each-way with Padd Power or Betfair Sportsbook in what is a much easier race compared with the Thyestes 17 days ago.
The cherry (or jockey) on top is the booking of Shane Fitzgerald, who has been making waves in some of the bigger races across the Irish Sea. Fitzgerald has a record of 4 wins from just 10 rides for Gordon Elliott, and was runner-up on Magic Tricks for Eliott and JP McManus in a valuable handicap hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival. In addition to that, he won on A Wave Of The Sea for the same owner at Leopardstown a day earlier.
With Davy Russell and Jack Kennedy on other Elliott inmates, the fear that Coko Beach has been overlooked by the stable is very much outweighed by the notion that Shane Fitzgerald’s booking is entirely purposeful.
There is another double figure price each-way bet to be had on the Punchestown card, and it comes in the Hollywoodbets Cheltenham Festival Preview March 3rd Rated Novice Chase at 2.10. The horses at the front of the market have a few chinks in their armour I feel, and can be taken on with Take All at 14/1 each-way with Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook.
A winner on chase debut at Wexford, Take All then bumped into Riviere D’Etel twice, finished a very creditable third in a competitive handicap at Leopardstown at Christmas, and then could never get into the race last time at Fairyhouse, which was dominated on the front by Blackbow and Dunvegan. The latter has since given Chacun Pour Soi a race at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Take All has very strong form, and Sunday’s rated novice chase represents a much easier assignment, and given he has two wins to his name on heavy ground, the forecast rain will be more in his favour than it will be for plenty others in the race. He is far too big at 14/1 each-way with Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook.