Trainer Henry De Bromhead hails star novice Bob Olinger after seven-year-old recorded second success at Punchestown
- Bob Olinger claimed an authoritative win in the Kildare Novices’ Chase
- He is now the evens favourite for the Turners Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham
- Trainer Henry De Bromhead was encouraged by Bob Olinger’s slicker jumping
Trainer Henry De Bromhead said Bob Olinger showed the gears that make him special as he was cut to odds-on favourite for the Cheltenham Festival after an authoritative win in the Grade Three Kildare Novices’ Chase at Punchestown.
Rachael Blackmore’s mount, who brushed aside Britain’s big hope Bravemansgame when winning the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at last year’s Festival, has the Turners Novices’ Chase over two and a half miles in his sights at this season’s Festival.
De Bromhead was equally encouraged how much slicker Bob Olinger’s jumping was compared to his winning chasing debut at Gowran Park in November as he beat the highly-regarded and tenacious Capodanno, trained by Willie Mullins, by more than four lengths.
Bob Olinger made it two wins in as many starts over fences at Punchestown on Sunday
De Bromhead said: ‘I was delighted with his jumping and happy that Rachael was happy with him.
‘He seems to have another gear. He jumped fine at Gowran but you could argue he didn’t take to it like a duck to water. We have done a lot of schooling with him since.’