Six-in-a-row for Limerick trainer

The Enda Bolger-trained Stealthy Tom (green and white cap, right) on his way to winning over the banks’ course at Punchestown on Sunday. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

BRUREE’S Enda Bolger enhanced his remarkable record in the PP Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase over the banks’ course (28 obstacles) at Punchestown on Sunday, as Stealthy Tom scored a convincing victory.

Bolger was winning the race for the sixth year running, and it was his 12th success in all.

With Simon Torrens riding in the JP McManus colours, the 8/1 chance led over the final obstacle to beat the game 13-year-old and 7/2 favourite Singing Banjo. “He got a lovely ride from Simon and he was nice and patient on him. He’s only seven so he’s going to be a nice horse for this game for the future,” commented Bolger. 

“I was happy I had him in today because the other two boys underperformed. He’s found his niche so we’ll stick with these with him.”

On the possibility of a run for Stealthy Tom at next month’s Cheltenham Festival, the trainer told “We’ll see, I’ll talk to the boss and see what they want to do – whether the experience would do him good.

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“Definitely all roads will lead to the La Touche with him and he would go on nicer ground as well which is a plus for the spring meeting.

“Cheltenham is a pretty hot race and we have to see where Galvin is going to appear as well. We’re only rated 105 but he excels over those.

“He hadn’t run for a while so we’ll see how he comes out of this and make a decision. The entries don’t close for a couple of weeks anyway. He’d be the only one for it.”