Punchestown 5.30 tips – Diamond King all set to sparkle

Punchestown 5.30 tips - Diamond King all set to sparkle

Diamond King

Diamond King

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Betting Tip: Diamond King @ 5/1 with betvictor

Willie Mullins has seen a couple of his horses get turned over at odds-on at Punchestown this week, but it’s hard to imagine Douvan’s name being added to the list.

The six-year-old is unbeaten in 10 starts since his debut in France, the last five over fences, and was a brilliant winner at the recent Cheltenham and Aintree festivals. With Mullins saying about him “he’s as good as I’ve ever had” – some compliment when you consider the horses he’s had through his hands – a clear round will surely suffice in today’s Grade Ryanair Novice Chase (due off 6.40pm).

Sadly, we’re not going to get rich backing him at the best-priced 1/5, and there’s another short-priced favourite in the other Grade 1 contest on the card, the Ladbroke Champions Stayers Hurdle (5.30pm), though Mouse Morris’ Alpha Des Obeaux is a far more backable 6/4. His seven-length second to Thistlecrack at Cheltenham is the standout piece of form and it’s a big plus that he skipped Aintree to be fresh for this. However, he doesn’t win that often – twice from 10 starts over hurdles with one of his defeats coming at last year’s meeting – and if the ratings are to be believed he doesn’t have much in hand at all over his rivals.

On balance then he’s opposable and I’d rather have a small wager on Gordon Elliott’s DIAMOND KING at 5/1. The eight-year-old is stepping up to Grade 1 company for the first time but he looks ready for it as after winning here in January on unsuitable heavy ground, he was a ready winner of the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, winning with a bit more in hand than his length and a quarter winning margin would suggest. Given the way he was finishing that 2m5f contest, he shouldn’t have any problem getting 3m and especially now the ground has dried up a bit. Expect Davy Russell to ride a waiting race on the gelding before putting his speed to good use at the finish. Well, that’s the theory and at the odds it’s worth paying to find out.

Betting Tip: Diamond King @ 5/1 with betvictor

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