Tuesday 21 November 2017

Primed Witness set for bumper

Caught By Witness is the only English representative among a field of 18 for the Paddy Power Champion Bumper at Punchestown tomorrow.

And Milton Harris' raider is no forlorn hope having only gone down by six lengths to subsequent impressive Cheltenham Bumper winner Cue Card on his debut at Fontwell in January before opening his account at the same track a month later.



"I went to Fontwell the first time expecting him to be a good thing, and the money was down accordingly," the Wiltshire trainer admitted.



"But he came up against Cue Card, actually giving him 11lb, which in hindsight was an impossible task and winning would have taken a bit of doing.



"He then won nicely, but he needed to do that to go to Punchestown as it will be a very good race.



"When Warren Marston rode him on his debut, he said that he'll improve for better ground as he is a good moving horse and while one or two of the opposition will be inconvenienced by a quicker surface, he won't be.



"We're taking on the Irish in their own backyard, which is always difficult, but ours is a very good horse and the best youngster that I've ever had."



The Tom Mullins-trained Tavern Times was fourth to Cue Card at Cheltenham, while other also-rans there hoping to do better are Up Ou That (13th), Hidden Universe (19th) and Shot From The Hip (20th).

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