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Gary O’Brien: My best bets for Friday at Punchestown

02 May | BY Gary O’Brien | MIN READ TIME |
Gary O’Brien: My best bets for Friday at Punchestown

The horse racing broadcaster details the two selections that stand out on day four of the Punchestown Festival.

With small fields and a lack of depth in the three graded races, it’s not the most conducive of cards on day four of the festival but I’ve come up with a couple of selections in the shoulder races.

16:15

There is little doubt in my mind that PERCEVAL LEGALLOIS / is the best handicapped horse in this valuable contest, and provided he is ready to rock after three months off Gavin Cromwell’s gelding should take all the beating. Others may disagree, but I thought he would have come out on top but for falling at the last at the DRF on his handicap bow over fences and given that the winner went up 12lb and has since run well in Grade 1 company a 5lb rise for the selection is hardly severe. Top weight Mister Policeman looks the pick of the remainder.

19:05

Connections of LARK IN THE MORNIN / have already enjoyed a memorable week and they could be celebrating again after this novice event as the Cheltenham hero appears to have outstanding claims of a follow-up success. He has been raised to a new domestic mark of 130 after comfortably landing the Boodles Handicap Hurdle in March and is likely to have at least one more big handicap in him further down the line but in receipt of 6lb from chief rival Anotherway he really ought to mop this up first.

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Gary O’Brien

Gary O’Brien

Widely known as ‘the voice of Irish racing’, Gary is a horse racing broadcaster, presenter, and enthusiastic racehorse owner.

Gary O’Brien

Gary O’Brien

Widely known as ‘the voice of Irish racing’, Gary is a horse racing broadcaster, presenter, and enthusiastic racehorse owner.