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All eyes on Ireland as we preview the Punchestown Festival betting

| 03.05.2011

With the Flat season in full swing – Frankel’s demolition of the 2000 Guineas field has everyone talking – the Punchestown Festival is the last chance for punters to witness top quality National Hunt action before a summer dominated by Flat racing.

The five-day festival starts today and punters are in for a treat with the likes of Kauto Star, Hurricane Fly, Sizing Europe and Quevega all in action, there is plenty of value to be found in the Punchestown Festival betting.

Over the course of the next five days we’ll preview each of the championship races on each day and give you the run-down on the best value in the Punchestown Festival odds.

All eyes will be on Kauto Star on Wednesday when he takes his place in the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup and the two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is 5/4 to register career win number 22.

Up against him are the likes of Kempes (4/1), Nacarat (4/1), Tranquil Sea (12/1) and Roberto Goldback (16/1) in the highlight of the five-day Punchestown Fesitval, and punters will be eager to see Kauto Star return to winning ways.

Other highlights of the week are the Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle, the Rabobank Champion Hurdle and today’s Champion Chase.

There are odds-on favourites in both the World Hurdle betting and the Rabobank Champion Hurdle with Quevega 8/11 to land Thursday’s World Hurdle and Hurricane Fly 8/11 to land Friday’s Champion Hurdle.

Having won the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, Sizing Europe will be hoping to land the double at Punchestown although the Champion Chase betting cannot be split with both Sizing Europe and big Zeb available at 2/1.

Captain Cee Bee (4/1) and last year’s winner Golen Silver (5/1) will be hoping to upset the two market leaders, with Jy Vole (14/1) and Changing Course (125/1) unlikely to have any impact on the outcome.

A £10 treble on Kauto Star, Quevega and Hurricane Fly all winning would return £67.13. Sign up here to take advantage of a free Punchestown Festival bet worth up to £30.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.