Bolster for Punchestown
The Giant Bolster, who pulled up in this years Gold Cup at Cheltenham could be on route to Punchestown in a bid to end the season on a high note and take up an engagement at the big end of season Festival in Ireland.
David Bridgewater the trainer was speaking to the Daily Mail this week “He is a bit cleverer than we are. I thought we lost him last year and the hood and visor went on and he won the Argento Chase and was third in the Gold Cup.”
The 10 year old has been placed in two Gold Cups and finished 4th in another so this years run would have left connections feeling a little dissapointed. “You get an effect with headgear but it doesn’t keep working all the time” said the trainer.
“We will give him an entry for Punchestown, which we have never done before. That might give him a bit of a spark up travelling over there and being in a different yard for a few days. There is no point entering for Aintree because he has always run disastrously there.”
It seems that A P McCoy will not be heading to the Punchestown Festival and it may be Fairyhouse for this weekend’s Easter Festival, featuring the Irish Grand National. that provides his last rides in his home country. In fact should he claim the Grand National at Aintree aboard likely favorite Shutthefrontdoor then the champ may retire on the spot.
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