0.75pt each-way Baden @16/1, 16:20 Punchestown, Wednesday

Zabana continued our fine recent form when scoring at 5/1 on Tuesday’s Punchestown card to go along with recent winners Ch’tibello (8/1), Wolf Of Windlesham (9/1) and Up For Review (9/2).

The theme of Tuesday was short-priced Willie Mullins favourites getting turned over, with the unbeaten Yorkhill not even placing, Outlander coming up short again and Vautour running flat.

All three have probably run one race too many this season so we’re on the lookout for fresh horses for Wednesday’s excellent Punchestown card.

11 go to post for the 16:20 novices’ hurdle over two-and-a-half miles, and this looks like a really good opportunity for Nicky Henderson’s BADEN, who we advised on Cheltenham’s Trials card in January, to get off the mark.

He ran well that day behind the excellent Yanworth when the heavy ground probably asked too much of his stamina.

A glance at his breeding suggests he’s one for good ground, which he’ll get, and the fact he’s been held back for this and made the trip over to Ireland speaks volumes.

He arrives a fresh horse and receives a handy 6lb from most of his opponents so has everything in his favour to run a big race.

The favourite is Henry de Bromhead’s Supasundae, who’s very short in the betting at 2/1 and I’d argue he doesn’t have the form to back that up, with just a couple of good bumper runs and a maiden hurdle win to his name.

It’s a wide-open race with no obvious class horse, so the 16/1 about Baden on offer with Bet365 looks good value for an each-way bet.

0.75pt each-way Baden @16/1, 16:20 Punchestown, Wednesday

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