Brassil bills Punchestown point card 'a huge help' after impressive winner
The first of three additional meetings designed specifically to alleviate the strain on the point-to-point sector took place at Punchestown on Monday with Martin Brassil, who recorded arguably the most impressive winner on the card, hailing the initiative as a great help.
Under the latest Covid-19 guidelines from the government, point-to-point racing will not return in Ireland until April 5 at the earliest, and Brassil, who sent out Choice Of Words to win the penultimate bumper by 13 lengths, was warming up for the Cheltenham Festival in the best possible style.
The trainer, who has You Raised Me Up to look forward to in the County Hurdle on Friday, said: “Anyone who has a nice horse, these races will provide them the opportunity to showcase them while they are waiting for the point-to-points to come back. It’s a huge help.”
Speaking about Choice Of Words, Brassil said: “She's a nice mare and we've always liked her. We gave her a run in a point last year then Covid struck and she missed out.”
He added: “She was bought by a few friends of mine with the aim of winning a point and getting her sold. We should have no trouble selling her now but, ideally, I’d like to find an owner that would keep her in the yard.”
Envoi Allen, billed as the banker of the week at Cheltenham, is a former graduate of Colin Bowe’s renowned Wexford academy of talent, and the maestro point-to-point trainer sent out a double on the day.
Ernest Gray and Last Quarter, both four-year-olds by Walk In The Park, were impressive winners under Barry O’Neill.
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