Tuesday 28 March 2017

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

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.

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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