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Prince bids for Punchestown prize

Noble Prince

Noble Prince will bid to maintain his unbeaten record over fences in the Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown.

Paul Nolan's six-year-old eased to victory over Sunday's course and distance at the end of October and while he is stepping up in class to Grade Two level, his trainer is hopeful he can make his presence felt.

"He was very good on his first run over fences and we're hoping that he'll have a good season. It looks a nice race this weekend, but we'll have our chance as he's a nice horse and he didn't put a foot wrong the last day in what was a good beginners chase. If he jumps as well as he did then, we'll be very happy with him," said Nolan.

Nolan could be in for an exciting season with the likes of Shinrock Paddy and Joncol among his ranks. Shinrock Paddy impressed on his seasonal reappearance at Naas and is now set for a step up to Grade One company, while Joncol needs to bounce back after disappointing at Navan on Sunday.

"Shinrock Paddy is in good form and will go for the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse at the end of the month," Nolan continued.

"He was very much undercooked for his first run in Naas and is going to come on leaps and bounds for that. The heavier the ground, the better for him.

"Joncol jumped to the right very alarmingly the other day and we're hoping we're going to sort out one or two little problems that might have been the cause of that. Hopefully you'll see a different Joncol next time he runs."