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Quito De La Roque to miss Punchestown

Updated: Tuesday, 06 Dec 2011 12:06

Quito De La Roque - Set to go in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown
Quito De La Roque - Set to go in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown

Colm Murphy has decided against running Quito De La Roque in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

The seven-year-old has won his last two starts at Grade One level, at Punchestown in May and on his seasonal return at Down Royal, when he came from a long way back to outstay subsequent Tingle Creek winner Sizing Europe in the JNwine.com Champion Chase.

Murphy will instead save the Gigginstown House Stud-owned star for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, when a clash with Denman is on the cards.

After having worked Quito De La Roque on Tuesday morning, Murphy said: "He's not going to run this weekend, we're going to save him for Christmas.

"If the John Durkan had been a week earlier he would probably have run, but it falls a week later this year and it might come a bit quick before Christmas and the Lexus."