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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Harrington out for more joy with Don't Touch It

Don't Touch It: one of three runners for Jessica Harrington
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4.15 Punchestown Nick Coen Memorial Handicap Chase | 2m | Grade B | 4yo+ | RTE1/ATR

Jessica Harrington's phenomenal recent run shows no sign of ending and she saddles three, including Don't Touch It who won the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle from Petit Mouchoir at last year's festival. 

He has not quite scaled the heights that many expected over fences but he came alive in the spring last year so could do so again today. Mark Walsh takes over from the injured Barry Geraghty. 


What they say

Jessica Harrington, trainer of Don't Touch It, Mr Fiftyone and Neverushacon
He won at this meeting last year and I was reasonably pleased with his run at Fairyhouse. Barry [Geraghty] suggested putting a pair of cheekpieces on him so we have listened and they are on today. I think he's in good form and hopefully he'll show up well. Mr Fiftyone has Robbie [Power] back on board, which is a bonus, and you can put a line through his Grand Annual effort as nothing went right there. He is better than that. Neverushacon is a novice against older horses so it is not going to be easy for him, although he seems to be in very good form.

Alan Fleming, trainer of Tully East
Denis [O'Regan] sat on him the other day and he was thrilled with him. Tom Doran rides him out every morning and he could not be any happier with him either. He is in a great frame of mind right now and he looks amazing.

Philip Hobbs, trainer of Bold Henry
He ran pretty well at Cheltenham, where he would have appreciated softer ground. He has a small each-way chance.

Gordon Elliott, trainer of Shadow Catcher, Potters Point and Third Opinion
Potters Point won his beginners' chase well but this is a big step up from that. He's in great form. It's also a big step up for Third Opinion, who won well at Clonmel, but he's also in very good nick at home. Shadow Catcher has become a very hard horse to place so we are just hoping to get some prize-money with him.

Colin Tizzard, trainer of Sizing Platinum
He ran quite well in the autumn but then didn't run his race at Cheltenham. He would have won a race already this season if he hadn't fallen at Ludlow.

He won at this meeting last year and I was reasonably pleased with his run at Fairyhouse
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