Rocky's Silver turns to gold in Amateur National at Punchestown

Final List beaten by a length and a half

Monday, January 13, 2020

Rocky's Silver

Thee 310-mile round trip from Bandon to Punchestown certainly doesn't knock any spots off the James Dullea-trained Rocky's Silver, as the grey son of Acambaro followed up his win in November with a gusty victory in the Amateur National, writes Justin O'Hanlon.

A lot of the credit for this victory has to be given to Derek O'Connor, who got him switched off in the back straight and managed to keep a bit in reserve for the run to the line after taking advantage of a gap on the inside turning into the straight.

The horse found enough on the run-in to see off the renewed effort of Final List by a length and a half.

"Derek was at his very best there, and being Derek, he got us out of trouble. It was a fantastic ride," said a delighted Dullea.

"We felt that conditions might suit. Obviously he went up a bit for winning here last time and it looked a competitive enough race but we were hopeful.

"Any day you have a winner at Punchestown is a fabulous one for a small yard like ours. We have no long-term plans but we could look at something like the Grand National Trial here next month."

Being Derek, he got us out of trouble. It was a fantastic ride.
- James Dullea 

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