Trafford Lad set for fences bow at Punchestown

Trafford Lad embarks on his new career over fences in the Grade Three Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown tomorrow.

Trafford Lad embarks on his new career over fences in the Grade Three Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown tomorrow.

A Grade One winner over hurdles last season, Dusty Sheehy’s charge was placed on his next three starts, including at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals.

Sheehy has always felt the six-year-old would come into his own over the larger obstacles and he is very hopeful he can make a winning return to action.

“The horse is in great form and I couldn’t be any happier with him,” said Sheehy.

“He has done plenty of schooling and, touch wood, he jumps well so we’re looking forward to it.

“He would probably prefer the ground a little bit better but I always say good horses go on any ground so I don’t think it will inconvenience him too much.

“He will come on for the run but he is plenty fit enough to do himself justice - he is forward enough to win.

“He has the right man on his back in Ruby Walsh so all we need now is a bit of luck.”

Trafford Lad faces just four rivals including recent Roscommon victor Kalderon.

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