Punchestown Festival: Bolger and McManus On The Fringe of another Hunters hat-trick
David Metcalf | April 28, 2016
On The Fringe can complete Festival hat-trick
On The Fringe is a real class act and looks a worthy favourite to land a fifth success in the Racing Post Champion Hunters Chase at the Punchestown Festival (19:45).
The JP McManus owned 11-year-old won in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Prior to last year’s success, his horse had landed the Foxhunters’ races at the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National meeting at Aintree.
On The Fringe comes into the race on the back of successes in the same contests, and is on the verge of another historic treble.
The Enda Bolger trained gelding was most impressive at Aintree, travelling powerfully throughout and only having to be shaken-up at The Elbow to pull effortlessly clear to beat Dineur by an easy eight lengths.
One of the best hunter chasers’ for a long time
It was a performance which showed On The Fringe was as good as ever, and he is now reunited with regular jockey Nina Carberry, who was suspended and unable to ride him on Merseyside.
The son of Exit To Nowhere is one of the best hunter chasers seen for a long time and, granted a clear round, it’s going to be very difficult to beat him.
Marito the main danger
Salsify has been a tremendous credit to connections over the years and looks sure to give it his best shot, but Marito looks the biggest danger to On The Fringe.
The gelding was a smart sort when trained by Willie Mullins and has done very well since joining County Down handler Colin McBratney.
After kicking of the season with wins in two points and a hunter chase at Down Royal, the 10-year-old ran a cracker at the Cheltenham Festival when a neck runner-up to On The Fringe.
Marito stayed on strongly from off the pace and held every chance until being unable to find extra close to home. It was a fine effort, and there is little to choose between the pair on that run.
Connections also bypassed Aintree to freshen up Marito for this and, if the On The Fringe does fail to live up to expectations, he looks the one most likely to take advantage.
There’s more Punchestown Festival betting tips and race previews on our dedicated page.
Coral’s top tip: One The Fringe is a superstar in this sphere and rates a solid bet to land another Festival hat-trick. Marito looks sure to go well.