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Punchestown Festival Day 4 Tips: Three Picks For Friday’s Racing

There’s a bumper eight-race card at Punchestown on Friday as day four of the National Hunt showpiece provides some top class action with State Man and Ballyburn both lining up and that pair are hot favourites for their respective Grade 1 races. Our man Steve Chambers is here with his best Punchestown Festival Day 4 Tips and he has three selections for the action across the Irish Sea…

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4:15pm Punchestown – EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase

Willie Mullins would’ve had big plans for MISTER POLICEMAN at the start of the season and he was regarded as one of the most exciting novice chasers in training for the Closutton team. However, he may not have reached the top level that was expected, but with two wins on the bounce he heads to Punchestown looking to claim victory in this handicap contest.

He will have the burden of top weight, but he appears to be improving with every chase start he makes and if he can produce a clear round of jumping then he should just prove far too classy for his rivals. The six-year-old will have some notable adversaries in the shape of stablemate Tactical Move and Perceval Legallois, but Mister Policeman could be a good thing off 149 here.

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5:25pm Punchestown – Event Power Champion Hunters Chase

A winner of this race 12 months ago, Its On The Line still showed he’s a class act in the Hunter Chase division when cruising to victory in the Foxhunters’ Chase at Aintree over the Grand National and the Emmet Mullins-trained seven-year-old looks the one to beat here and has to be given the utmost respect.

But, one that could be a fascinating contender is LIFETIME AMBITION, who was a facile 11-length winner on his hunter chase debut last month at Cork and the former classy hurdler could well be a major player here. Very smart over hurdles and fences for Jessica Harrington, the nine-year-old could be a notable force in hunter chases and while stamina is a slight worry he has the class to go very close here.

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7:05pm Punchestown – Uniquely Novice Hurdle

Impressive when winning the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival back in March, LARK IN THE MORNIN will now look to step out of handicap company on Friday afternoon and he looks the one to side with in the 7:05pm contest. A two-length winner at Cheltenham, the four-year-old will be in receipt of 6lbs from his main rival here Anotherway and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can continue his progression and land this prize.

The Fred Winter form has been franked with stablemate Harsh winning earlier in the week at Punchestown and he was fourth at Cheltenham, so if Lark In The Mornin can continue on a rapid incline then he looks to have the capabilities of landing another prize for the O’Brien team this week.


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