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Tom Weekes

Tag, you're 'it' - leaders escape in bumper finale

Thu 28th Apr 2022, 20:38

Tag Man (near side) with Sir Argus
© Photo Healy Racing

Tag Man was a helpful 25/1 winner for bookmakers in Punchestown's concluding JP & M Doyle Bumper today, scoring under jockey Davey Roche in a somewhat controversial race.

Cheltenham Bumper-third James's Gate was the heavily backed 4/9 favourite but shortly after the start the 11 runners split into two distinct groups, headed by a trio of leader Sir Jimmy Mac, chasing Sir Argus and winner Tag Man.

The pack were well behind with half a mile to race, by which stage Sir Argus and Tag Man were still clear, with Tag Man maintaining his gallop to beat Sir Argus by two and a quarter lengths.

Third-placed Monbeg Park went past James's Gate in the home straight but neither were ever close enough to lay a finger on the leaders.

Winning trainer Henry De Bromhead, earlier successful with Magic Daze, said “I'm delighted with that and mainly delighted for Roger Brookhouse (owner). Roger hasn't been racing for a couple of years and it's brilliant that he's here and great to get a winner for him here.”

He added “we went to buy the horse that beat him (Amarillo Sky), in his point-to-point, but couldn't buy and the next thing he said 'what about this guy' so we got him.”

“He's a real galloping horse and fair play to Davy, he gave him a super ride. He's a key member of our team and I'm delighted for him.”

Quotes from Gary Carson