Sunday 25 March 2018

Logic Set to step up

PUNCHESTOWN'S Craddockstown Chase is the likely next port of call for Defy Logic following last month's impressive debut over fences at Naas.

Having shown smart form over hurdles last season, the JP McManus-owned six-year-old sauntered to a 19-length victory having cut out every yard of the running on his chasing bow.

Paul Nolan's charge is now set to step up to Grade Two level at Punchestown on November 17, subject to ground conditions and further discussions with connections.

Nolan said: "Mark (Walsh, jockey) was very pleased with him and said he settled well during the race. He was a little bit guessy at one of the fences but I was happy to see him pop a couple of fences after that. It was a nice round of jumping and a nice start to the season for him. He showed he has good respect for a fence and hopefully he'll go on from here.

"The Craddockstown is what we're looking at, but we'll see what Frank (Berry, McManus' racing manager) thinks, and go from there. The ground would have to be soft enough for him, and Punchestown can dry up quite quickly, so we'll see."

Irish Independent

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