Guinness Gold Cup – Punchestown

Some days I can’t keep up.

I knew the Punchestown Festival was on, but for some reason I thought the Gold Cup was later in proceedings. I spied Denman on the front of today’s RP at the garage at about 4 this afternoon. Yikes, I thought, I want to back Joncol. I bought the paper rushed home and checked the non-runners.

Joncol was reported as having been taken out on account of the ground just before 4 today. So not only was I chasing my tail, I am now chasing the full story.

In a way it makes things easier, because I want to switch off from fences entirely. But Denman still goes, despite the fact he and Joncol look to be cut from similar vast swathes of cloth. The difference is in years. Joncol has more to come I am sure and Paul Nolan might be jeopardising next season for this late season goal. It takes balls to take the horse out and I am sure he has done the right thing. It is probably a mark of how high his hopes are for this horse (for my own reckoning has him bang there in next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup). Denman on the other hand is being asked another question on going faster than I like the sound of. I hope he wins, but I won’t be watching. For a bit of each-way interest I might take a price about Planet of Sound. It’s only a feeling and the other I want to see popping round for fun is War of Attrition so he can retire on a high.

Paul Nolan taking a longer view

Posted on April 21, 2010, in Horse racing, Jump racing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. He’s not bad looking is he that bloke 🙂

  2. Bugger me!

    Well if my wishes were horses (and sometimes they are) beggars really can ride \o/

  3. Stephen Foster

    * Curses * I came over here a bit too late * Curses *

    Bows low.

  4. I feel a tad guilty for not getting this sorted sooner. But if I had done it this morning my Joncol Love is so great I would have probably just picked him (even though I would have worried about the ground).

    JP McManus says the going is everything and he is not wrong. You just can’t have those raw-boned types clattering around on faster ground.

    Edited to add: I know I am one such type and running on it gives me shin splints.

    NB: Note the post time (spooky!)

  5. I think he’s a typical raw-boned Irishman and not at all good-looking – I’ve encountered countless similar as ‘clients’!

  6. Mother that makes it sound like you are running a house of ill repute!

    I still like him and I like his horse Joncol even more!

  7. Paul Nolan, who withdrew Joncol after the first race due to the faster going, was disappointed when hearing he would be fined €750.

    Nolan was fined €500 for the withdrawl, and fined a further €250 for the lateness of the withdrawal which was made at 3.50.p.m, one hour and 40 minutes before the race.

    Nolan said: ” I know they watered after racing yesterday but it was a bright sunny day and in my opinion that ground dried out during the day. Joncol is almost 18 hands and I wasn’t prepared to risk him.

    “I am very disappointed by the fine, especially as the decision was made in the best interests of the horse.”

    From the RP. Swoon. A real horseman.

  8. Stephen Foster

    I agree with Mother, he’s not my type at all.

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