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 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
"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."