18+ | Commercial Content | T&Cs apply | Wagering and T&Cs apply | Play Responsibly | Advertising Disclosure

Senior Chief scores despite some late scares

Senior Chief and Rachael BlackmoreSenior Chief and Rachael Blackmore
© Photo Healy Racing

Senior Chief gave followers a late scare before justifying 5/4 favouritism in Punchestown's John Ross Memorial Maiden Hurdle today, scoring for trainer Henry De Bromhead and jockey Rachael Blackmore.

Blackmore, successful in yesterday's Grade 2 Red Mills Chase, produced Senior Chief to lead passing Hollow Sound rounding the final turn but with ears pricked approaching the last, idled and briefly surrendered the lead on the run-in.

Senior Chief finished stronger however, retaking the lead close home, for a length win from Hollow Sound.

De Bromhead reported “I'm delighted with and he's a horse we like a lot and he was good there.

“He still looked a bit green but he jumped really well. I think his main aim is the auction final back here at the festival.”

Quotes from Gary Carson

About Tom Weekes
A lifelong racing fan, Tom began writing point to point reports in 2002 and has reported for irishracing.com since 2003, when he joined Irish Racing Services - since taken over by the Press Association. Has ridden a point to point winner and won the 2018 Irish Field Naps Table.