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Nina Carberry rides Wish Ye Didnt to victory in Memorial Chase at Punchestown

Published 26/04/2016 | 17:54

26 April 2016; Wish Ye Didnt, with Nina Carberry up, on their way to winning the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Steeplechase. Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2016; Wish Ye Didnt, with Nina Carberry up, on their way to winning the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Steeplechase. Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Wish Ye Didnt got favourite backers off to a flyer in the first race of this year's Punchestown Festival by successfully defending her crown in the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase.

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Representing the formidable combination of trainer Enda Bolger and jockey Nina Carberry, the seven-year-old mare was the 5-4 market-leader to clinch the Ladies Perpetual Cup for a second time on the banks course in County Kildare.

Carberry cut a confident figure throughout and Wish Ye Didnt quickened up from the home turn, safely negotiating the final obstacle to seal a nine-and-a-half-length success.

It was a sixth victory in the last seven runnings of the three-mile contest for cross-country king Bolger.

Enniskillen was runner-up for the second successive year.

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