Following 3/1 and 7/4 (2pt) winners yesterday, Steve Ryder previews four races on Wednesday 1st May. P&L +36.99pts.
4:10 Pontefract- Mutarakez 7/2 (1pt)
Mutarakez won this race last season off a mark of 79 when sent off 4/1 having ran well to finish 2nd at Nottingham on his previous start. He used the exact same race a prep this season when finishing 2nd off 76 and runs here off a career low mark of 75. Following his victory in this last year he went on to be placed off 85 so we know he is well handicapped and this race has no doubt been a target for a while.
Mutarakez won this race on soft ground last year but handles a variety of surfaces so the ground should hold no fears and he looks hard to beat.
5:35 Ascot- Isomer 5/1 (0.5pt ew)
Isomer has only run twice at Ascot so far in his career but both of those performances have been his best to date. He finished 2nd on only his second career start when ½ length second in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Churchill before winning last season over this C&D off a mark of 90.
Isomer slightly disappointed on the AW over the winter but has therefore dropped down the weights and off a mark of 86 should be involved in the finish with five places on offer.
6:05 Punchestown- Kemboy 13/8 (1pt)
Willie Mullins has the top three in the market for this Punchestown Gold Cup but preference goes to the progressive Kemboy. He won a Grade 2 on his reappearance this season before putting in an ultra impressive performance to win the Savills Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas by over 7 lengths.
It was unfortunate that Kemboy unseated David Mullins after the first in the Gold Cup having been squeezed for room but bounced back at Aintree when smashing Clan Des Obeaux by 9 lengths at the finish. It looks like he will get an easy lead again under Ruby Walsh and could take some passing.
7:10 Punchestown- Blast Of Koeman 8/1 (0.5pt ew)
Blast Of Koeman has a fantastic record at the Punchestown Festival having finished 6th in the Land Rover Bumper, 2nd in another bumper the following year behind Invitation Only (Theyestes winner), 2nd behind Magic Of Light (Grand National runner up) in a handicap hurdle and 2nd in this race last season behind Patricks Park (Galway Plate runner up).
Blast Of Koeman has deservedly been called some names in the past but showed a good attitude when he won at the course over hurdles in December by nearly 4 lengths and hopefully that will give him a bit of confidence back over fences. His mark of 132 is a bit irrelevant given we know it is a battle in his mind at the finish but with four places available he should be involved.
4:10 Pontefract- Mutarakez 7/2 (1pt) click here for best odds
5:35 Ascot- Isomer 5/1 (0.5pt ew) click here for best odds
6:05 Punchestown- Kemboy 13/8 (1pt) click here for best odds
7:10 Punchestown- Blast Of Koeman 8/1 (0.5pt ew) click here for best odds
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