Monday 16 October 2017

Bob to put jumping woes behind him

Boston Bob
Boston Bob

Thomas Kelly

Boston Bob will be hoping to put his jumping troubles behind him today when he returns to action at Punchestown in the Follow Punchestown on Facebook Hurdle.

The Willie Mullins-trained gelding returns to the venue where he fell when well set for victory in April. That fall came a month after a similar misfortune at the Cheltenham Festival when he was poised to win the RSA Chase but tumbled at the last allowing Lord Windermere to claim victory.

Under Ruby Walsh, Boston Bob is odds-on favourite although his greatest challenge in the two-and-a-half-mile affair is likely to come from stablemate Mourad under Paul Townend.

Walsh and Mullins will be hoping for success in the opener with Touch The Eden in the three-mile Beginners Chase. They face stiff competition, however, from Henry de Bromhead's You Must Know Me (Andrew Lynch).

Troll D'Oudairies drops in distance in the punchestown.com Handicap Chase, giving Walsh another chance to get himself into the winner's enclosure.

Martin Brassil's charge has been there or thereabouts in his previous four races and, although he hasn't managed to win any of them, he is likely to be in contention once again.

Boston Bob may be the star of the show but, in Barneys Honour, there is another horse returning to hurdles today when he takes on 12 challengers.

The recent poor weather and heavy going will make Paul Carberry's mount difficult to beat for Gordon Elliott although he may well have to get past Band of Blood and Davy Russell to take the honours.

Another handicap hurdle which is difficult to call follows that event with De Chissler, Shanroe Society and Getoutwhenyoucan the three most likely to be battling it out at the end of two miles, four furlongs.

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