Tuesday 16 January 2018

Protaras ‘in good form’ for Punchestown

Keith Hamer

NOEL Meade is hoping Protaras will be able to cope with the testing conditions when he has his third run over fences in the Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown tomorrow.

The five-year-old has already created a good impression in both his races so far over the bigger obstacles.

After finishing second to Weslife on his chasing bow at Galway, he got off the mark by two and a half lengths from Nearest The Pin in an 18-runner event at Gowran earlier this month.

"He's been jumping well and his two runs have been good," said Meade.

"I'm not sure how much he'll like the ground the way it's going to be tomorrow, but he's going to be there anyway.

"The distance is right and he's in good form."

A field of six is headed by the Mouse Morris-trained Baily Green, who has won his last five races.

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