No surprise as Enda Bolger dominates cross country race

Donie McInerney has the leaders in his sights on Auvergnat Auvergnat led home a 1-2-3 for owner JP McManus and trainer Enda Bolger in the P. P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase at Punchestown.
Repeating last year's success in this three-mile banks race, Auvergnat (7-2) just held a rallying Josies Orders by a short head, with Blue Templar 10 lengths away in third.
The first two home will now head to the Cheltenham Festival along with stablemate Cantlow, who was a late absentee.
"That's our little lot done now before Cheltenham," said Bolger.
"Whether our lads are good enough to handle the likes of Cause Of Causes, I don't think so, but we don't know what will turn up. Auvergnat is still relatively young as well.
"There is nothing we can do, only win, so I'm happy with that.
"Cheltenham is the plan for the first two, and Cantlow also. Cantlow just gave a little cough this morning and we had him primed for his run.
"He'll go straight to Cheltenham and he loves it there, the drier ground suits him too.
"We're happy, job done, and we'll freshen them up now and maybe have a couple of days to the seaside and things."


15 December 2018