Lewis Jones’ old mate Boston Bob done him another turn yesterday when winning the Punchestown Gold Cup with a performance Lewis has been banging on about since the start of the season. He’s betting at Punchestown again today and is putting on the table a juicy each-way double…..
Boston Bob is one fine animal and Willie Mullins is a genius of a racing trainer. To unlock the true potential of this horse after the trials and tribulations Boston Bob has been through over the last 18 months perfectly examples why Mullins is the top dog in Ireland.
Bob’s victory saved what had been a disappointing day up until then with both the other two selections running poor races, especially Baltic Knight in the Listed race at Ascot. He drifted like a barge in the betting then was given a very easy ride by Richard Hughes, who barely moved a muscle.
Hopefully, we can pull in a decent profit from today’s action at Punchestown and I’m concentrating on the two graded races which are both fantastic each-way contests to get stuck into.
The Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle is the day’s feature at 17:30 and it’s a cracker. Quevega takes on the boys over three miles. Despite her amazing profile, I’ve actually never been that keen on her when facing the opposite sex and this is the toughest level of opposition she has faced.
She’s vulnerable at Evens. At Fishers Cross is second in the betting but I’m swerving him as he still has jumping issues and had a very hard race in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The one I like is Fingal Bay at 6/1. Phillip Hobbs’ horse has fascinated me since his early days. He still remains the only horse to have ever beaten Simonsig and you’d be hard pushed to find an animal with a better will to win that this chap.
Fingal Bay gives everything and if staying clear of injuries, he’s very much capable of winning Grade Ones. Along with the double that I’m advising, get on Fingal Bay with a two point each-way single too.
I’m doubling Fingal Bay up with Felix Yonger in the Ryanair Novice Chase at 7/1. Champagne Fever and Balder Sucess are far from bombproof at the head of the betting and this opens the race up nicely from an each-way perspective.
Felix Yonger ran much better than his finishing position suggested (hampered when making his move) in a very strong JLT at the Cheltenham Festival and the drop back in trip should see him get involved with the market principles. Get on the double with a one point each-way stake. At the current prices it should return around £600 if both win and £50 if both place if your one point stake size is £10.
EACH WAY DOUBLE (1pt EW)
Profit and Loss Record Staked: 176pts Returned: 356.77pts P/L: +180.77pts
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