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Horse Racing Tips for Saturday at Punchestown: Fury Road to return to form

The Punchestown Festival concludes on Saturday with a fascinating card containing two Grade 1s as the jumps season concludes in Ireland.

The latest horse racing betting tips at Punchestown from Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders are below.

Punchestown Saturday Horse Racing Betting Tips and Odds

3:05 Punchestown - Your Own Story @ SP
4:15 Punchestown - Fury Road @ SP
4:50 Punchestown - Bottler'secret @ 11/4

Horse Racing

3:05 Punchestown - Your Own Story @ SP

This handicap chase is run over just shy of four-miles and you are going to want a proven stayer on your side. The Lucinda Russell-trained Your Own Story, who certainly wasn't beaten by the trip when a keeping-on sixth in the Scottish National this time last year, is the horse to support.

Your Own Story was sent off the 4-1 joint-favourite for the 2023 running of Scotland's biggest prize after showing progressive form in marathon chases. He is 3lb lower now despite running well in a light campaign that only began in March.

This horse doesn't want a complete bog, so should relish conditions at Punchestown, and has shaped well on both starts this term. His return second to the thriving Twoshotsoftequila failed to serve up the stamina test he needed over just shy of three-miles, while a scrappy jump at the last cost him victory in a competitive contest at Kelso last time.

It is logical to conclude this race has been the plan considering his reserves of stamina and, given he is only eight and relatively lightly-raced, there should be plenty more to come.

4:15 Punchestown - Fury Road @ SP

Fury Road is among the forecast outsiders for the 3m handicap chase but that could be made to look silly.

We know Fury Road has the back class as he was third in two Leopardstown Grade 1s behind Conflated and Galopin Des Champs in the 2022/23 season, while he wasn't beaten far in the Ryanair in March 2023 at Cheltenham.

There hasn't been much for Fury Road's supporters to shout about since then, but he has only raced a handful of times in the past year and this is a major drop in class. The handicapper has undoubtedly given him a chance off a mark of 144.

Gordon Elliott has three other horses engaged here, but the booking of Jordan Gainford suggests Fury Road may be the stable's number one hope with Jack Kennedy not riding on Saturday.

The ground should be spot on for Fury Road following a 70-day break and Elliott, who is good at keeping his older horses sound, is backed to have his ten-year-old primed to go well.   

4:50 Punchestown - Bottler'secret @ 11/4

The mega-consistent Kargese sets the standard in the Grade 1 Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle, but she is likely no world beater and I'm drawn to Bottler'secret at a slightly bigger price for Gavin Cromwell, whose horses are running exceptionally this week.

Bottler'secret arrives following a lighter campaign and doesn't have much to find with Kargese to be a major player.

After running away with a Grade 3 in a good time on his hurdles debut at Naas in February, Bottler'secret progressed from that to capture a Fairyhouse Grade 2 quite comfortably in first-time cheekpieces.

That aid is retained here, and while the selection's hurdles form is on testing ground, he seems to possess plenty of speed and his Flat pedigree gives every hope a quicker surface can suit equally well.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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