Sadler’s Risk produced an impressive round of jumping at Punchestown
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 3:57PM 13 OCT 2016
Report: Punchestown, Thursday
Irish Daily Star Chase (Grade 3), 3m1f, 5yo+
SADLER’S RISK produced a flying leap at the last to impressively win the Grade 3 Irish Daily Star Chase and provide Henry de Bromhead with a dazzling double at Punchestown, twice denying Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown.
David Mullins on board Sadler’s Risk saw a stride and propelled his mount over the final fence as Elliott’s 11-8 favourite Lord Scoundrel stuttered and jumped slightly to the left, as he did throughout. However, the manner in which Sadler’s Risk powered away from Lord Scoundrel was also eyecatching.
Former De Bromhead inmate Smashing, was disappointing on his seasonal reappearance, as he gradually shuffled back from his prominent position on his first start for Mouse Morris.
De Bromhead said: “He did that nicely and David [Mullins] gave him a super ride. He’ll go for the Nicholson Chase at Down Royal next. He seems to be better going right-handed, but we may run him left-handed in the future. But today was great and we are delighted with him.”
Also on Thursday
Buck House Novice Chase (Grade 3), 2m2f, 4yo+
THREE STARS produced an impressive display in landing the Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown under Ruby Walsh, to land the first win of a valuable double for trainer Henry de Bromhead.
Three Stars scored in a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Navan last season, and seems to have taken the transition to fences in his stride, following up a success at Listowel last month with a convincing victory here at 3-1.
The six-year-old once again had the Gordon Elliott-trained Ball D’Arc trailing behind him, on what was a disappointing race for Elliott as 6-5 favourite Lieutenant Colonel looked uncomfortable throughout and was pulled up by David Mullins.
Walsh was riding for De Bromhead for just the fifth time in the last five years, with this his third win. He said: “He jumped spectacular, he showed a good turn of foot at Tipperary and I thought if he was on the bridle at the second last we would accelerate through and that’s what happened. He jumped brilliant for a novice, brilliant.”