Racing tip of the day
Ben Coley is recommending two win singles and a win double for the sportinglife racing team's tip of the day.
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Barneys Honour (4.15 Punchestown) and Quevega (5.30 Punchestown) win singles and a win double
Barneys Honour rates a strong fancy to win the Bibby Financial Services Handicap Chase on day three of the Punchestown Festival.
Formerly trained by Philip Rothwell, this nine-year-old is far from the only horse to improve leaps and bounds for joining Gordon Elliott, and he looks to have been primed for this valuable prize.
Last time out, Barneys Honour looked to be in command when his only serious rival fell, and that victory over hurdles off a mark of 121 confirms him as a well-treated horse off 120 here.
He was beaten off a slightly lower mark when last seen over fences but a shuddering mistake three from home can be blamed for that defeat, which came in arguably a more competitive race.
We should get a decent clip here which will help a horse who stays much further, but providing Paul Carberry doesn't give him too much to do I wouldn't be overly concerned about his ability to win this even off a modest gallop.
Interestingly, Elliott saddled two horses in this race last year and both finished placed at big prices. Barneys Honour may be among the favourites but with doubts surrounding the suitability of the ground for one of his main rivals, he can take home the top prize.
It would be remiss not to mention the day's feature, particularly as a sound betting opportunity is on offer in the shape of Quevega.
On paper, this year's Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle looks a shade more competitive than the renewal she won 12 months ago. However, reports from the yard suggest that Solwhit has suffered for his exertions at Cheltenham and Aintree, whereas the lightly-raced mare has had time to recover from another win at Prestbury Park.
Quevega has won each of her last seven starts and would rate a huge threat to Solwhit regardless, and if the World Hurdle winner isn't at his best she'll take advantage.
The advice is two singles and a double on Barneys Honour and Quevega.