John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase
Grade 1, Punchestown 14:00
€80,000 added,
5yo plus,
2m 4f, Class 1 
Sunday 7th December 2014

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Don Cossack takes a brave victory in the John Durkan at Punchestown with Boston Bob second and Lord Windermere running on for third

1 Don Cossack 13/8
2 Boston Bob 11/10
3 Lord Windermere 10/1
6 ran Distances: 4½l, ½l, 1¼l
TIME 5m 11.00s (slow by 11.00s)

Don Cossack
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Don Cossack

Don Cossack maintained his unbeaten record this season with a third victory from as many starts in a dramatic renewal of the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

Gordon Elliott's seven-year-old, a Grade One winner as a novice a year ago, was settled in third by Brian O'Connell but soon found himself in front when Baily Green and Rathlin fell at the same fence, doing Boston Bob no favours.

The 13-8 chance was there to be shot at between the final two fences as Boston Bob and Texas Jack both attacked, but he dug deep to emerge the winner by four and a half lengths.

Boston Bob
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Boston Bob

The favourite Boston Bob was being niggled at some way out but held second spot, while Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere ran a fine race on his seasonal bow, running on stoutly to take third late on.


The John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Steeplechase
€80,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Yielding

Pos Dist Horse / Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Don Cossack (GER) 13/8
B T O'Connell
11-10 G Elliott 7
2nd Boston Bob (IRE) 11/10f
R Walsh
11-10 W P Mullins 9
3rd ½ Lord Windermere (IRE) 10/1
D N Russell
11-10 J H Culloty 8
4th Texas Jack (IRE) 8/1
P Carberry
11-10 N Meade 8
F Baily Green (IRE) 20/1
D J Casey
11-10 M F Morris 8
F Rathlin 40/1
R M Power
11-10 M F Morris 9

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