Punchestown festival tips: Newsboy backs Al Boom Photo of Willie Mullins to win the Gold Cup

AL BOUM PHOTO is the choice of the feature film Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (5.55) on the second day of the festival.

The two-time winner of the Cheltenham version has an excellent chance in Grade 1 after defending champion Minella Indo was ruled out due to a bruised foot.

Third behind him at Prestbury Park, as he raced for a historic treble, Al Boom Photo didn’t quite have the firepower that day to see two new challengers.

He has to forgo form with Kemboy in this race two years ago, but the expected pace of him and the Clan Des Obeaux will really suit and put his endurance on the line.

Fakir D’oudairies is priced longer and worth a try on the ride of just over three miles, considering how it ended up in Aintree.

He also raced at Cheltenham and this tough militant has to be factored in, with 6 lbs to be found with the selection.

Mullins, who had an excellent first day of the meeting, should also see SIR GERHARD triumph in the Supporting Irish Store Sales Champion INH Flat Race (6.30am).

Given a great run at Cheltenham by Rachael Blackmore, he can confirm form with Kilcruit back at home.

In the Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle Grade 1 (5.20), the mare TELMESOMETHINGGIRL is nominated for the highest honors.

She impressed at Cheltenham 41 days ago, form that was stamped out – and her allowance puts her right in the mix.

Fans watch the 2020 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup won by Al Boom Photo (right)

Wednesday Punchestown Selections

3.40 Adare Manor Opportunity Series Final Handicap Obstacle – Mt Leinster Gold

4.15 Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish Auction Hedge Series Final – White Jelly

4.50 Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle – Allen Fighter

5.20 Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle – Telmesomethinggirl

5.55 Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup – Photo by Al Boum

6.30 ITM – Supporting Irish Store Sales Champion INH Flat Race – Sir Gerhard

7.00 Guinness Handicap Hunting – Midnight maestro

7.35 Weatherbys General Stud Book Irish EBF Mares Flat Race – Barn

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