Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 17 December 2017

Nolan hoping for good start with Joncol

Keith Hamer

PAUL Nolan is hopeful Joncol will be fit enough to do himself justice on his return from injury in the Star 'Best For Racing Coverage' Chase at Punchestown tomorrow.

The dual Grade One winner suffered tendon damage during the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown last Christmas, but has been pleasing his trainer ahead of his comeback run.

"He's in good form and we're very pleased with him. We're hoping he's as fit as we can have him without a run and that he'll have a nice introduction to the season," said the County Wexford handler.

"When they have been off for long time you know they will need the run and I just hope we've done enough with him. He seems well

"The ground will be extra testing and we just hope he comes out of the race well."

Joncol will face just four rivals in the 23-furlong Grade Three event, headed by this year's Betfred Bowl hero Follow The Plan, should the meeting pass a morning inspection.

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