Tuesday 25 October 2016

Net gains for Willie Mullins at Punchestown

Published 11/12/2015 | 08:51

Net D'Ecosse (right) battles hard at Punchestown
Net D'Ecosse (right) battles hard at Punchestown

Net D'Ecosse pulled out all the stops to see off a JP McManus duo in the Punchestown For Events Beginners Chase.

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Willie Mullins' 2-1 chance led approaching the last but was slow into it, over it and away from it, allowing Peoples Park to regain the initiative.

Bryan Cooper forced Net D'Ecosse back in front on the line, though, with Blazer flying late to take third in the three-way photo.

"He was a bit fortunate, but jumped well until the last," said Mullins of the winner.

"I'd say he will go up in trip. Christmas will probably come a bit soon and we'll find something for him in the New Year."

He added: "Blazer jumped well, but just didn't have enough speed when they quickened. He'll go out in trip as well."

A six-month break proved no hindrance to Winter Magic (7-1) in the Buy Your Tickets Online At www.punchestown.com Handicap Chase.

Jimmy Mangan's seven-year-old hadn't been seen in competitive action since running down the field here back in June, but he lacked nothing in the way of fitness as he accounted for the game pacesetter Kilcrea by four lengths.

The Brock Inn (7-2) has won a bumper, on the level and now over timber thanks to her three-and-a-quarter-length defeat of Snaidhm in the Follow Us On Facebook And Twitter Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Nevskij (7-1) proved too strong in the Racing Again At Punchestown On New Year's Eve Hunters Chase.

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