Punchestown will be the scene for the long awaited return of Forpadydeplaster in next Thursday’s (13th October) The Star Best for Racing Coverage Chase worth €30,000.
Trainer Tom Cooper said “Forpady schooled and worked very well at Tipperary racecourse this morning and please God we are looking forward to having him back to his old form. The Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase at Punchestown is the target and the intention is to run unless the ground gets very heavy”.
‘Forpady’ last ran at Kempton in December 2010 but returned home “a very sick horse” according to his Tralee based trainer Tom Cooper. It later transpired that the horse was suffering from a heart valve condition. After a decent break the 2009 Cheltenham Arkle winner is back in good health and the plan is to make his seasonal debut in the 2 mile 7 furlong contest in a weeks time.
Willie Mullins will be represented in the Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase by 2011 Galway Plate winner Blazing Tempo who finished fourth in her latest run in the Kerry National, just ahead of stable mate Scotsirish who also lines up next week. Gordon Elliott holds two of the 12 remaining entries with the Gigginstown owned Tharawaat and Roi Du Mee. The Henry De Bromhead trained Loosen My Load is looking to follow up on a recent win at Navan with runner up on that occasion, Sebadee, also featuring among the entries for next week. Fingeronthepulse, Notre Pere, Jadanli, Sarteano and Whatuthink complete the line- up.
The going at close of entries was soft, soft to yielding in places. Both days will take place on the festival track and fresh ground will be provided each day.
Punchestown racecourse made an announcement earlier this week detailing significant price cuts across the board for the coming season. All non-festival fixtures will carry a standard admission of €10 or €7 for senior citizens and students. This price applies regardless of weekday or weekend meetings and includes grade 1 events such as the Morgiana Hurdle and the John Durkan Memorial Chase. The price reductions also extend to the 2012 Irish National Hunt festival from 24th to 28th April, where a tiered system has been introduced. Tickets have been reduced by as much as 33% and start from just €20.
The season at the home of Irish jump racing gets underway with a two day meeting on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October. The first race on both days is at 2.15pm and admission will be €10 or €7.
Entries for the 2011 The Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase:
1. FingerOnthe Pulse 11,00 T.J. Taaffe
2. Forpadydeplasterer 11,00 Thomas Cooper
3. Jadanli 11,00 Paul John Gilligan
4. Loosen My Load 11,00 Henry de Bromhead
5. Notre Pere (FR) 11,00 Barry Potts
6. Roi Du Mee (FR) 11,00 Gordon Elliott
7. Sarteano (FR) 11,00 D. T. Hughes
8. Scotsirish 11,00 W.P. Mullins
9. Sebadee 11,00 K.J. Condon
10. Tharawaat 11,00 Gordon Elliott
11. Whatuthink 11,00 Oliver McKiernan
12. Blazing Tempo 10,07 W.P. Mullins