Quantitativeeasing adds up to La Touche glory for Enda Bolger
Quantitativeeasing led home stable companion Cantlow to provide cross-country king Enda Bolger with a one-two in the La Touche Cup at Punchestown.
Although the dominant force in this sphere, Bolger had not managed to win this prestigious event since L'Ami provided him with a fourth success in five years back in 2010.
With his likely favourite Josies Orders withdrawn, the master of Howardstown House relied on last year's runner-up Quantitativeeasing (9-4 joint-favourite) and Cantlow, a relative newcomer to the cross-country scene.
Quantitativeeasing was ridden positively by Mark Walsh, who set sail for home a long way out.
Nina Carberry gradually eased Cantlow into contention and went in pursuit of his stablemate before the home turn.
Quantitativeeasing jumped the final fence with a narrow lead and picked up again on the run-in to seal a three-length success.
Cantlow ran a fine race on just his fourth start for Bolger.
Ballyboker Bridge finished third, with the admirable 15-year-old Uncle Junior, a dual winner of this race, finishing a fine fourth on his final start before retirement.
Walsh said: "You'd pay to ride a horse like this. Enda has them so well schooled, they just love it.
"When I got to the front he pricked his ears and I just left him there. He was loving it out in front.
"He's a good horse and Enda is class at what he does."
Bolger said: "That was exciting. He never missed a beat. He did that here with Nina in December as well and he loved being up there.
"It was a great ride by Mark. He was a very good horse before I ever got him and it was just a matter of changing gears with him and jumping technique, but he always had it from the word go.
"We'll see how he comes out of this, get him home and see how he is. We have plenty in the race on Saturday.
"I'm delighted with Cantlow's run as well. It's a great race to win and that's my first win since 2010. Good ground was a big factor for both horses."
He added: "Josies Orders gave a couple of coughs coming off the lorry and we weren't 100 per cent happy with him.
"He's only eight so we thought it was better to be cautious."