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Preview of Wednesday's Punchestown meeting

Updated: Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 11:43 | Comments

How will Oscars Well fare over the larger obstacles?
How will Oscars Well fare over the larger obstacles?

Oscars Well was not far short of top-class over hurdles and Jessie Harrington's seven-year-old starts out on his fencing career in the Beginners Chase at Punchestown over the minimum distance.

The gelding did not win last season, but was regularly tested at the highest level and finished sixth behind Rock On Ruby in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He he might have his work cut out on his bow against Gordon Elliott's Plan A, who was fourth in the Galway Hurdle and finished an eyecatching second over fences at Ballinrobe last month.

The race starts the meeting at 12.45 and is followed by the Ballymore Christmas Fair & Family Fun November Festival Beginners Chase.

This features Henry de Bromhead's unbeaten Buckers Bridge, the winner of a point-to-point and two bumpers, who is going straight over the bigger obstacles and meets a smart novice hurdler in Sword Of Destiny, who is returning from a year off.

The other race over fences is the Punchestown Annual Membership 2013 Handicap Chase, in which last-time-out winner Bangonform clashes with Mr Goodenough, who has won his last three. 

Champion trainer Willie Mullins runs Dani Catalonia in the Follow Us On Facebook & Twitter Maiden Hurdle, while Connaught Manor is his representative in the 10 Euro Admission To All Non Festival Meetings Maiden Hurdle.

The latter, a Roscommon bumper winner, runs into the Dessie Hughes-trained Troubled, who put in a couple of decent displays in maiden hurdles last spring. 

The 49 Euro Panoramic Restaurant Package Handicap Hurdle features Marshim, who is quickly back in action after winning well at Wexford on Saturday and carries a 6lb penalty.

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