Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 14 December 2017

Watching Brief

Wednesday's beginners' chase at Punchestown could throw up a fascinating clash between Mount Benbulben and Sword Of Destiny, two soft ground loving hurdlers that always looked made for chasing.

Noel Meade's Gigginstown Stud-owned Sword Of Destiny won each of his two starts over flights last year, latterly hacking up in a Grade Three at Cork in November.

He wasn't seen thereafter, but the Gordon Elliott-trained Mount Benbulben, a £250,000 purchase by Barry Connell, kept busy, scoring for a second time when toppling Rebel Fitz in a Navan Grade Two.

Second to Boston Bob in a Grade One at the same venue prior to finishing seventh on unfavourably good ground at Cheltenham, he is up there with our better staying novice chasing prospects for the campaign, likewise Sword Of Destiny.

If would be a real treat to see both face off at such an early remove.

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