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There was a very good card at Punchestown this afternoon but unfortunately thick fog denied us the opportunity to see the majority of the races. Samcro, featured in the Top 40 Prospects, appeared to be a runaway winner of the bumper at the end of the card by nine and a half lengths. An expensive purchase from the Irish pointing ranks, he is held in the highest regard by Gordon Elliott and his homework, by all accounts, has been very good indeed. He is a most exciting prospect but is unlikely to have much more racing this season.
Evan Williams unleashing a promising juvenile hurdler at Exeter in the form of Evening Hush. Bought out of Ken Condon's yard for £55,000 at the Cheltenham May Sale, the daughter of Excellent Art was rated 78 on the Flat. Well backed beforehand, she jumped soundly throughout and always appeared to be in control winning by two and a half lengths. The runner-up, Litterale Ci, is considered a useful type by Harry Fry but the ex-French inmate had no answer to the winner's turn of foot. I will be surprised if she doesn't prove well above average because the yard have had some smart juveniles over the years, including Barizan. One gets the impression she compares favourably with the pick of them.
Declan Phelan's Irish Pointers in One Jump Ahead are in fine form at present with Elegant Escape (8/1) making it two out of two since joining Colin Tizzard at Ascot yesterday. A recent scorer at Chepstow, the former Gordon Elliott trained gelding showed a terrific attitude as he got the better of Laser Light, who is a decent sort, too. Another of his featured horses, Minella Till Dawn, finished second at 20/1 at Punchestown yesterday and looks a surefire winner. Stablemate Monbeg Worldwide, albeit at cramped odds, made a winning start to his Rules career in a bumper at Cork today.
Not to be outdone, Bromley's Best Buys sent out El Terremoto (9/4) in the two mile three handicap hurdle at Haydock on Saturday. Nigel Twiston-Davies' former French gelding won over three furlongs further at Stratford last time but had no trouble dropping back in distance at the Merseyside track. He looked a well handicapped four year old at the weekend and it would be no surprise to see him make it a hat-trick. Other recent winners in Anthony's article include Claimantakinforgan (11/4) and Peak To Peak (7/2).
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