Punchestown Going Update

Fri 1st Feb 2013, 08:59

Punchestown
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The ground at Punchestown ahead of its meeting on Sunday, the only one in Ireland this weekend, is currently heavy.

The forecast is for scattered showers today and a generally dry tomorrow, rain or drizzle on Sunday.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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