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Ruby Walsh After his comeback win aboard Mon Parrain Sandown 12.03.2011

Ruby Walsh: feels Poungach is well placed for success at Wincanton

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Poungach can star at Wincanton says Walsh

RUBY WALSH believes Poungach will put the record straight in the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novices' Chase at Wincanton on Saturday after leaving the rider slack-jawed by his fall at Chepstow last month.

Trained by Paul Nicholls, the six-year-old fell at the first fence on his chase debut when he was expected to provide a stern challenge to the well-regarded Fingal Bay.

However, after schooling Poungach, and Badger Ales Trophy contender Michel Le Bon, earlier this week, Walsh feels he can make amends on Saturday.

He said: "When Poungach fell at the first fence at Chepstow last month, I got such a surprise you could have knocked me over with a feather. As we soared over the fence my lad was so good that I thought well I'm definitely going to be in front at the second. 

"I couldn't believe it when we departed. He slipped, dribbled and then fell and I've often been aboard horses who made far less of an attempt to get to the other side of an obstacle and had no trouble surviving.

"He is a good horse and, of course, Paul won this particular race a year ago with Silviniaco Conti. I'm expecting a big performance."

Writing in his column in the Irish Examiner, Walsh added that he is partnering Prospect Wells in the Elite Hurdle due to the 17lbs he receives from stablemate Zarkandar.

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