All you need to know on day three of Punchestown

If you’ve had a bad day at work, the last thing you usually want to hear is ‘there’s always tomorrow’. Sometimes, though, it works out just right. Just look at Paul Townend.

After a Tuesday to forget, Townend had a Wednesday to remember with three winners at Punchestown as part of a six-timer for boss Willie Mullins.

Today he rides Penhill, who goes for the Cheltenham-Punchestown double in the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (5.30). Mullins also has outstanding claims in the Ryanair Novice Chase (6.40) with Racing Post Arkle winner Footpad.

Perth‘s festival continues as the main meeting in Britain, with supporting action at Warwick and KemptonBeverley is on the turf in the afternoon, with Chelmsford providing the evening Flat action.

Going report

Beverley (first race at: 1.30)
Good, good to soft in places.

Warwick (1.40)
Good to soft on the chase course and good to soft, soft in places over hurdles (GoingStick Chase 6.6 Hurdle 6.3 on Thursday at 8.30am). Rail movements: R1 & 3 -80y, R5 -97y, R7 & 8 -49y.

Perth (1.50)
Soft, heavy in places (GoingStick 5.4 on Wednesday at 8am).

Punchestown (3.40)
Yielding to soft.

Kempton (4.45)
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick chase 8.4, hurdle 7.9 on Wednesday at 4pm). Rail movements: R1 & 2 +45y, R3 & 7 +41y, R4 & 6 +64y, R5 +52y.

Chelmsford (5.55)

What to back

David Jennings is the quick tipster on Thursday, providing our ten second tip.

What to read

Trainer Robbie McNamara had some hard words for the Punchestown stewards after their lack of communication following Tuesday’s Growise Novice Chase fiasco.

What to watch

Check out our preview Postcast for day three of the Punchestown festival.


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Final thought

Declarations for the (British) season-ending bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown will come through later this morning. If Nigel Twiston-Davies is in the market for revenge on Rebecca Curtis for the Scottish National, he could not do much better than win the race with Bigbadjohn, whom he inherited from Curtis this season and is prominent in the ante-post betting.