Farclas continues winning ways at Punchestown

Wednesday, May 15 2019

Farclas made it two from two over fences as he easily brushed aside his four rivals in the Corinthian For Special Occasions Novice Chase at Punchestown on Wednesday evening.

The 2018 Triumph Hurdle winner proved disappointing in his next six starts, but bounced back to winning ways by scoring on his chasing debut at Down Royal just nine days ago.

Expected to follow up, the Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old was sent off the 8-11 favourite under Davy Russell and comfortably accounted for fellow Gigginstown House Stud-owned runner Or Jaune De Somoza by five and a half lengths.

“He was well entitled to win that on ratings, but I’d say he improved a lot from Down Royal,” said Elliott.

“He likes the good ground, so I’d say we’ll have a good bit of fun with him for the summer.”

Edward O’Grady is another hoping for a fruitful summer after his The West’s Awake took the feature on the card – the Punchestown Race & Dine Handicap Chase.

Out of action since last August, the son of Yeats was pressed by Supreme Vinnie from two out, but had plenty in reserve to see off that rival by two and a half lengths.

Bryan Cooper was aboard the 8-1 victor, and O’Grady said afterwards: “The owners (Mrs John Magnier) have been very patient as he hurt himself when he fell in Killarney last August. Ger Kelly in Fethard Veterinary did a great job as he had a chip in a bone in his hock.

“Hopefully he’ll improve and he’ll probably end up in the west at the end of July. He might go for the Galway Plate qualifier in Kilbeggan.”

The other chase on the card, the Thanks To Our Members Handicap, went the way of Mac N Cheese for trainer Gavin Cromwell and jockey Jonathan Moore.

A three-time winner in the UK, the son of Milan was bought for just £4000 at Goffs in January, and was sent off at 6-1 on what was his third start for Cromwell.

He had a good battle with the 7-2 favourite Pass The Ball from the last, with just a length separating them at the line.

The opening race on the programme was won by French import Authorized Art (5-4 favourite), with Paul Townend partnering this bay colt for his boss Willie Mullins.

The Charles Byrnes-trained Run For Mary (2-7 favourite) was made to work hard in the Events At Punchestown Mares Maiden Hurdle, but she eventually came home two lengths to the good under Davy Russell, extending her unbeaten record to three.

Hero’s Welcome (7-1), who is a half-brother to 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere, made the breakthrough in the Next Race Day 12th June Handicap Hurdle, while the Joseph O’Brien-trained Dlauro (2-1) was an impressive winner of the concluding Punchestown On Instagram Flat Race.

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