Risk secures Punchestown triumph
Sadler's Risk got the better of a protracted duel with Lord Scoundrel to claim top honours in the Irish Daily Star Chase at Punchestown.
Ruby Walsh rode two winners on the Punchestown card for Henry de Bromhead
Trainer Gordon Elliott had claimed the last five renewals of the Grade Three prize, with the last two going to sidelined Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Don Cossack.
This time around the Cullentra handler fielded Galway Plate hero Lord Scoundrel, who was the 11/8 favourite to get back on the winning trail having come to grief at the second-last in the Kerry National at Listowel last month.
Ruby Walsh sent the seven-year-old straight to the lead from the off, with the Henry de Bromhead-trained 7/4 chance Sadler's Risk his closest pursuer from flag-fall.
The pair raced clear of the field throughout and Sadler's Risk and David Mullins hit the front before the home turn.
To his credit, Lord Scoundrel battled back between the final two fences, but De Bromhead's charge winged the last to seal a five-and-a-half-length success.
The Knockeen-based trainer was completing a big-race double having landed the preceding Buck House Novice Chase with Three Stars.
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