Two winners from two tips at Punchestown on Sunday. Both winners at odds on prices, but there’s a bigger picture when it comes to CAREFULLY SELECTED and ANDY DUFRENSE.
Here’s an excerpt from the write up members of https://vgtips.co.uk/vgtips-sign-up/ received from me on Friday regarding the two high profile races in Ireland on Sunday.
“Ruby Walsh may have retired as a jockey but he is still well in with the Willie Mullins yard and has ridden out many a horse that will be competing this season. I heard him speak the other day of how Carefully Selected is his current best value bet for the Cheltenham Festival in March. Ruby tips this one to win the National Hunt Chase at odds of 8/1. The race takes place on the opening day of the festival, Tuesday March 10th. If Ruby likes what he sees, that’s fine by me.”
And the bigger picture I write of is what these two Sunday winners might do at the Cheltenham Festival in March. In my weekend preview analysis for subscribers, here’s what I wrote about the other winner on Sunday.
“Andy Dufrense let down favourite backers last time out when beaten into second by Latest Exhibition. It was a tired looking run from the previously unbeaten in three outings gelding trained by Gordon Elliott. He needs to bounce back to winning ways here. Captain Guinness has raced just the once, winning a maiden hurdle by 7 lengths in the very capable hands of jockey Rachael Blackmore. Anything ridden by her for trainer Henry De Bromhead right now has to be respected. The pair are in cracking form.”
It was those two who fought out the finish at Punchestown, Andy Dufrense working hard to get the better of the less experienced Captain Guinness (who should go into all our notebooks for the future). In the end, Andy Dufrense won by three quarters of a length and connections will now consider further which race he should compete in at the Cheltenham Festival.
I shall, as ever, be offering members of VG Tips detailed analysis for that forthcoming feast of racing in March and, before then, offering them my ante-post thoughts about which horses I fancy will do well at Prestbury Park come March.