Review punchestown 18th Nov

Sun 18th Nov 2012, 16:10

photoHurricane Fly in front as Go Native falls at the last
©Healy Racing Photos

Hurricane Fly was the highlight of a treble for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh at Punchestown.

The 2-5 favourite set off in front, with Go Native and then Captain Cee Bee following him, and the order hadn't changed by the time the front two approached the last in full flight.< Go Native knuckled over on landing, though, hurling Paul Carberry into the turf and allowingp>Hurricane Fly to coast home 12 lengths clear of Captain Cee Bee.

Mullins' Twinlight (9-1) ended the winning spree of Baily Green in the AGK Displays Craddockstown Novice Chase.

The pair set off at a breakneck gallop, and were left even further clear by the second-fence fall of Oscars Well.

A slicker leap at the last brought Baily Green on terms, but Twinlight found a bit more for Walsh and prevailed by a length.

Mullins and Walsh were also on the mark when Back In Focus outstayed Lyreen Legend in the Florida Pearl Novice Chase.

The 2-5 favourite was rousted along turning into the straight, but his stamina kicked in on the run to the last and he had four lengths in hand at the line.

Road To Riches could take high rank in the staying novice hurdle division, judging by his impressive defeat of Pride Ofthe Parish at the prohibitive odds of 1-6 in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle.

His trainer and jockey, Noel Meade and Davy Russell, had to settle for second when Maxim Gorky was outbattled by fellow Gigginstown House Stud representative Beef To The Heels (4-1) in the Punchestown On TG4 At 9.20 Next Saturday Handicap Hurdle.

Amateur rider Robert Deegan got on the scoresheet when 4-1 market leader Followmeuptocarlow took the RSM Farrell Grant Sparks Supporting Longford GAA Handicap Hurdle, while Nina Carberry was seen to good effect to get O Maonlai (7-4) home in the Dick Grainger Memorial (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.