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Sunday 16 December 2018

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For bookies, an empty chair is not a good look 

The bookies were everywhere in RTE's coverage of Punchestown, as you'd expect. And the vicissitudes of their ancient trade were never better demonstrated than in the finish to the Growise Champion Novice Chase - in which jockey Paul Townend made the astounding error of bypassing the last fence, veering to the right while in the lead on Al Boum Photo, taking Finian's Oscar out of it as well, allowing The Storyteller to win in a ludicrously unexpected way.