Limerick trainer Bolger scores Cheltenham win

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Limerick trainer Bolger scores Cheltenham win

LIMERICK-based trainer Enda Bolger enjoyed further success over the cross-country course at Cheltenham this Friday when saddling Cantlow to impressively win the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.

Eleven year-old gelding Cantlow, who finished second in the La Touche Cup at Punchestown in the spring, led from a way out under Mark Walsh and was never seriously troubled as he extended to a nine-length success over Bless The Wings.

Cantlow is owned by leading Limerick National Hunt racehorse owner JP McManus.

Afterwards Bruree-based Bolger, who was winning this race for the fifth time in 11 years, said: "The ground was a big factor today because it was firm in places and he really bounces off it. I loved the way he pricks his ears and flew round.

"I am lucky I am given these horses by Mr McManus. They are all pretty high-class horses in their early careers. Where I live I have brilliant neighbours who allow me to school the horses through their farms. That is the makings of them."

Of Cantlow he added: "It took him a few races to get the hang of this. The last day at Punchestown he showed he was really good and today was just a matter of holding onto him. He excelled today. He is a nice horse for the race in March."