LiveScore Racing News: Bob Olinger looking to land over fences

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15/01/202218:00
Henry De Bromhead is looking for improvement in Bob Olinger as they take it "one race at a time" ahead of Cheltenha
Henry De Bromhead is looking for improvement in Bob Olinger as they take it "one race at a time" ahead of Cheltenha

Henry de Bromhead feels there is plenty to come from Bob Olinger as he prepares to make just his second appearance over fences at Punchestown on Sunday. 

The seven-year-old caught the eye during a brilliant novice hurdle campaign last season, picking up three victories and one second place. 

He signed off for the season with a comfortable seven-and-a-half-length win over Gaillard Du Mesnil in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. 

Each of those outings last term came under Rachael Blackmore, but he kicked off this campaign with Darragh O'Keeffe on board as they romped to a win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Gowran Park in November. 

That was his maiden trip over fences and De Bromhead was satisfied with the performance, although he admitted there is still room for improvement as Blackmore is set to return to the saddle. 

De Bromhead said: "He was good [in his beginners' chase]. I think you'd be entitled to comment on his jumping. It wasn't spectacular. It was fine. 

"He jumped some really well, but there were a couple he didn't jump so well. But it was good. He won. It looked a very good beginners' chase on paper. We'll take one race at a time." 

They head to Punchestown on Sunday for the Kildare Novice Chase and De Bromhead says he is "looking forward" to seeing how much progression has been made. 

There is plenty of competition in the eight-strong field for the Grade Three contest with Willie Mullins sending out two of his charges. 

Mullins will be hoping Gaillard Du Mesnil can earn some revenge while Capodanno, who was a winner at Naas in December, will also look to challenge. 

Henry De Bromhead is also looking to learn more about Guily Billy
Henry De Bromhead is also looking to learn more about Guily Billy

De Bromhead also has interest in the 12:15 opener on the eight-race card at Punchestown with Guily Billy taking up entry in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle. 

The six-year-old got off the mark over hurdles at the second attempt at Tramore in December as he steamed home to beat Hauturiere by 25 lengths. 

De Bromhead added: "Going to Punchestown was the next logical step for him after that.

"He's won his maiden hurdle and now we step forward and see. We'll learn more about him. 

"He's in good form and we're hoping he'll go and give a good account himself. It's as you'd expect in this country. It will be extremely competitive, but we'll go and take our chance and see."

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