Noble Prince proves too hot to handle
Published 28/10/2010 | 05:00
NOBLE PRINCE made the perfect start to life over fences with an easy success in the Dobbins Panoramic Restaurant Beginners' Chase at Punchestown yesterday.
A high-class performer over timber and fifth in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, the Paul Nolan-trained six-year-old jumped well throughout, his only scare coming at the second-last when Saludos blundered and momentarily hampered him.
However, Paul Carberry soon had the 9/10 favourite back on an even keel and he popped the last before coming home hard held, with a length and three-quarters to spare over Healys Bar.
Totesport reacted with a 20/1 quote for the Arkle at Cheltenham in March.
Nolan, who was in Newmarket at the sales, was represented by his brother James. He said of the €150,000 purchase out of Andre Fabre's yard a couple of years ago: "He settled well, which has been an issue with him before.
"We made a mess of him last season, running him back in the Lismullen Hurdle just a week after winning at Naas and we won't be doing that again, as he needs time between his races.
"He might just lack a gear against the top horses over two miles and probably doesn't see out three miles -- we'd see him as more of a middle-distance horse (between two and two and a half miles).
"He could come back here for the Craddockstown Chase (on November 14) and the Drinmore would be another possible race for him. Two and a half miles would be as far as he wants to go for now."
The Nolan team had struck earlier with the Alain Cawley-ridden Seafield, a half-brother to Joncol, in the Punchestown Event Centre Maiden Hurdle.
Carberry also got in on the double act when taking the Christmas Parties At Punchestown Beginners Chase on Thegreatjohnbrowne (8/1) for Noel Meade.
The six-year-old had a growth removed from his throat since last season and Meade's brother, Ben, said: "He disappointed last year after starting great but things went wrong. Hopefully he's back to himself now. He won there like a good horse."