Bob Olinger Set To Be Seen At Punchestown On Sunday

Bob Olinger

Superstar Bob Olinger for trainer Henry De Bromhead is set to make his second appearance over fences on Sunday at Punchestown in the Grade Three Kildare Novice Chase over 2m4f.

Bob Olinger is a horse that is held in very high regard off the back of his career to date and now going over fences this term, the world is his oysters.

Back in November 2019 the five year old won an Irish maiden at Turtulla by 15 lengths and was bought and given to De Bromhead off the back of it.

At Gowran Park in March 2020 he made his rules debut in a bumper and again showed clear talent to take the 2m2f event by 10 lengths, seeing off nice types for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott.

He was sent back to Gowran Park for his hurdles debut when him and Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hollow breezed away from the rest of the pack and he narrowly finished runner up behind the Cheveley Park horse.

He was then stepped up in trip at Navan in a maiden hurdle over 2m4f and he was an emphatic winner of the race beating a minor field by 14 lengths.

Last time out he was sent into the Grade One Lawlor Of Naas Novices' Hurdle and he breezed away from a good field to land the event by close to seven lengths.

He rounded off his season in total style when landing the Grade One Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival, seeing off the likes of Gailliard Du Mesnil and Bravemansgame by close to eight lengths.

Throughout last season he showed speed and stamina and he retained that on his seasonal debut at Gowran Park when jumping a fence for the first time under rules and going on to win by close to seven lengths.

He has not been seen since November, but all is said to be good with the Grade One star and he is intended to turn up to Punchestown on Sunday.

(Credit ATR) “We’re certainly aiming to bring Bob Olinger to Punchestown. He seems in good form and he worked well this morning,” said De Bromhead on Tuesday.“

There were a few options for him but this one was the one that stood out to us, so we said we’d have a go with this.

“He’s doing plenty of schooling. He’s jumping fine at home so we have no reason to worry about that having had that experience behind him. We’re looking forward to Sunday.”

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing