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Alan Kelly's Horse Racing Tips for Nottingham & Punchestown on Tuesday

The first day of the Punchestown Festival has resulted in several small fields. However, it is impossible to fault the quality of the action taking place and we will provide Horse Racing tips for three of the contests on the eight-race card where the ground is currently described as Good to Yielding.

The feature race on Nottingham’s afternoon card is the Listed Nottinghamshire Oaks at 4.05pm and we will also supply a Horse Racing tip for this 1m 2f contest.

“Tip of the Day” – Chacun Pour Soi – 5.25pm Punchestown

Stablemate Energumene came out on top when the pair last met in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, but back on home turf the Leopardstown specialist is fancied to get his revenge in this Grade 1 contest.

Party Central – 3.40pm Punchestown

Grangee, Party Central and Dinoblue all ran in the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in which Grangee came out best in finishing third, beaten two and three quarter lengths behind Love Envoi and Ahorsewithnoname.

The mount of Paul Townsend has since disappointed when managing only a distant sixth place behind stablemate Brandy Love at Fairyhouse over Easter with Dinoblue 17 lengths ahead in fourth. Connections of Party Central decided to give Fairyhouse a miss and their patience can be rewarded with a victory in this Listed contest.

The daughter of Yeats was sent off a well-fancied 11/2 chance for that Grade 2 race at Prestbury Park and after looking a serious danger to all between the last two hurdles, the mares’ challenge petered out somewhat on the run for home.

This slightly shorter trip on a less demanding course can enable Gordon Elliott’s charge to come out on top this time, especially with the ground expected to ride a lot livelier.

Noon Star – 4.05pm Nottingham

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Noon Star looked a very promising filly when winning a minor contest comfortably at Wetherby 12 months ago, a race which would receive a significant boost two months later when the runner-up Loving Dream would go on to win the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Back in sixth place at the royal meeting was Noon Star who was sent off the 2/1 favourite based on her Musidora second to subsequent runaway Oaks heroine Snowfall at York’s Dante meeting. After running very wide turning for home at Ascot, the daughter of Galieo was always then on the back-foot and is clearly better than she showed on that occasion.

The mount of Ryan Moore is with a master trainer of older horses and it would be no surprise to see Noon Star develop into a Group 1 performer at some point in the months ahead. The filly can start off with a victory in this Listed race before stepping up in class and can prove too good for main rivals Angel Power and Technique.

Sir Gerhard (Next Best) – 4.15pm Punchestown

This Grade 1 Bective Stud Champion Novice Hurdle looks something of a match between Cheltenham’s Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner Sir Gerhard and stablemate Dysart Dynamo, who still hadn’t been asked a serious question when falling three-out behind the ultra-impressive Constitution Hill in the Supreme Novices over today’s trip.

Where the Westerner gelding would have finished but for that mishap is anyone’s guess. But the mount of top amateur Patrick Mullins will need to be something special if he is to take the scalp of Sir Gerhard, winner of all three starts over hurdles to date. The seven-year-old should not be inconvenienced by the drop back in trip and can make it four from four over the smaller obstacles.

Chacun Pour Soi (NAP) – 5.25pm Punchestown

Stablemates Energumene and Chacun Pour Soi renew rivalry in this Grade 1 William Hill Champion Chase following the former’s impressive victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, a championship contest in which Chacun Pour Soi held a narrow lead when making a mistake and unseating rider Patrick Mullins five-out.

Paul Townsend’s mount is sure to be preferred in the betting to confirm that form but back on his home turf Chacun Pour Soi is fancied to come out on top on this occasion. Since finishing second to subsequent Gold Cup winner A Plus Tard at Leopardstown just after Christmas in 2019, the 10-year-old has looked invincible on the track, winning all four Group 1’s by a combined distance of over 30 lengths.

In what looks like a race to savour, Chacun Pour Soi, who is officially rated 1lb higher than Energumene, is the value bet to come out on top in a fascinating contest.

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