Waaheb aims for bumper harvest
Published 03/05/2011 | 17:32
Waaheb puts his unbeaten record on the line as he steps up to Grade One company in the betchronicle.com Champion INH Flat Race at Punchestown.
Dermot Weld's four-year-old won two Leopardstown bumpers at the beginning of the year before making a successful leap to Listed company when breezing home last month.
Owner JP McManus subsequently purchased Waaheb from Weld's son Kris, and connections are hoping he can make a perfect start in the famous green and gold colours.
"He looks to be a very nice horse and Dermot seems to be very happy with him," said Frank Berry, McManus's racing manager.
"He's done nothing wrong in three starts so far and we'd be hoping for a good run from him.
"When he won at Christmas, he looked a nice horse and he won well last time before we bought him, so hopefully he can be lucky for us in the future."
Willie Mullins has three contenders in Lovethehigherlaw, Tusa Eire and Ceol Rua, while Jessica Harrington is double-handed with Fionn Tra and Jenari.
Nigel Twiston-Davies provides the only British-trained raider with Cheltenham bumper fourth Go All The Way making the trip to Ireland.