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Punchestown Racing Tips: Side with form choice Allaho

Timeform’s Tony McFadden highlights a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Punchestown on Sunday.

NAP

Allaho – 14:00 Punchestown

It is surprising that Allaho is only third in the market for this cracking edition of the John Durkan as the form he showed when running out a stunning 12-length winner of the Ryanair Chase from Fakir d’Oudairies at the Cheltenham Festival is comfortably the best on offer. His second to Chacun Pour Soi over two miles at the Punchestown Festival is also probably better than anything his rivals can boast and there’s no doubt he’s a top-class chaser. Envoi Allen and Fakir d’Oudairies have race fitness on their side but this prestigious prize is the obvious early-season target for a top-notch two-and-a-half miler, so Allaho should be tuned up.

SBK4/1

EXC4.7

Trainer: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Jockey: Mr P. W. Mullins
Age: 7
Weight: 11st 12lbs
OR:

NEXT BEST

Glenquin Castle – 15:05 Punchestown

Glenquin Castle continues defying the handicapper and he can do so again to make it seven in a row. Remarkably, Glenquin Castle’s six victories have been achieved by a cumulative distance of around only four and a half lengths, and those narrow-but-cosy wins have allowed him to stay a step ahead of the handicapper. His last three wins have been achieved over hurdles but he looks well handicapped on his return to chasing, only 9 lb higher than the last chase mark he defied and only 5 lb higher than the hurdles rating he won off here last month.

EXC1.63

Trainer: Martin Brassil, Ireland
Jockey: M. P. Walsh
Age: 7
Weight: 10st 9lbs
OR: 108

EACH-WAY

Shantou Lucky – 12:25 Punchestown

Shantou Lucky caught the eye when finishing third at Fairyhouse last month, moving through the race in the style of a well-handicapped horse. Shantou Lucky travelled best and quickened well to lead on the home turn, but he was joined at the last and could offer no extra in the closing stages. That race should prove to be decent form for the grade, though, and Shantou Lucky is still relatively lightly raced, so he might have more to offer for the excellent Gavin Cromwell yard.

SBK5/1

EXC6.8

Trainer: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
Jockey: C. D. Maxwell
Age: 4
Weight: 10st 7lbs
OR: 99

Sunday 5 December, 12.25pm

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Sefton Warrior

Schone Aussicht

Explosive Boy

Macs Charm

Shantou Lucky

Paddy Wickla

Owenacurra Lass

Rebel Ivy

Gealach

Buttons And Bows

Peckham Springs

It Could Be You

Millford Sound

Benkei

Monoxide

Boher Cailin

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Sunday 5 December, 2.00pm

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Envoi Allen

Fakir Doudairies

Allaho

Asterion Forlonge

Janidil

Tornado Flyer

Kemboy

Melon

Minella Times

Franco De Port

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Sunday 5 December, 3.05pm

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Glenquin Castle

Recite A Prayer

Ragnar Lodbrok

Sovereign Gold

Wishmoor

Aherlow

Hoke Colburn

Kavanaghs Corner

Notice To Close

Bentham

Castlegrange

Exit To The West

Arverne

Choungaya

John Adams

Classic Concorde

Beating The Odds

Clonguile Way

Thehairyfella

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