Andrew Oliver in no rush with plans for Punch


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  • Irish Racing
  • Updated: Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 12:17

    Punch Your Weight won Saturday's ultra-competitive Irish Cambridgeshire despite a distinct lack of experience

    Punch Your Weight won Saturday’s ultra-competitive Irish Cambridgeshire despite a distinct lack of experience

    Andrew Oliver is in no rush to make any specific plans for Saturday’s Irish Cambridgeshire winner Punch Your Weight.

    The County Tyrone trainer took a bit of a risk in throwing his three-year-old into a fiercely competitive all-aged handicap on the back of just a debut maiden victory at Cork.

    But his boldness paid off, as Punch Your Weight pulled a length and a half away from Bold Thady Quill to strike at 16-1.

    “He did it well,” said Oliver. “He was very green in his maiden at Cork, but was given a great ride by Gary Carroll that day and I knew he’d handle the soft ground and get the trip all right at the Curragh.

    “He was given a mark of 86 and there were only a couple of options for him, either running at Roscommon or stepping up to a mile for the Premier Handicap.

    “When the weights came out he was just out of the handicap and I was hoping a couple at the top might drop out, and they did.

    “I told Chris Hayes that he needed to look after the horse but he got him into a nice position and brought him down the outside. When he asked him to go, he was gone!”

    Oliver has not made any ambitious entries for the gelded son of Hawk Wing yet, and said: “That was a big enough race for a horse like this at this stage of his career.

    “I think we will wait now until he is re-assessed by the handicapper so we know where we are and what sort of company he should go into next time.”

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