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Punchestown Pageant: Banbridge wins Champion Chase in remaining stride


JJ Slevin rode the Joseph O’Brien-trained Banbridge to victory within the Grade One Champion Chase on day one of many Punchestown Pageant.

The 6-1winner pipped Rachael Blackmore on Cheltenham victor Captain Guinness within the remaining stride.

Henry de Bromhead’s Captain Guinness had final been seen profitable the Queen Mom Champion Chase final month.

One other win gave the impression to be on the playing cards after taking the lead from Dysart Dynamo on the high of the house straight.

Nevertheless, the eight-year-old Banbridge would end strongly and win by a neck.

The 11-10 favorite Dinoblue was an extra size and 1 / 4 away in third.

Banbridge’s victory represented a turnaround from a disappointing exhibiting within the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

“It was a improbable race, an amazing two-mile chase, and a improbable experience from JJ,” stated O’Brien.

“It wasn’t our day in Cheltenham however we’re delighted to win an enormous race right here immediately.

“We took the possibility at Cheltenham as a result of it is Cheltenham, nevertheless it did not work out.

“We freshened him as much as come right here and I am delighted to win an enormous race with him.”

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