Bolger’s 12-year-old has already won the Champion Hunters Chase five times but he could only manage fourth at Cheltenham this year and was pulled up at Aintree on his last start
ON THE FRINGE will bid to get his season back on track in the Champion Hunters Chase at Punchestown.
Enda Bolger’s 12-year-old will be looking to win the race for an incredible sixth time.
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Often classed as a banker by many punters at the festivals, On The Fringe has failed to fire at both Cheltenham and Aintree this year and was pulled up on Merseyside having made a terrible error on his last run.
Bolger said: “He came back from Aintree safe and sound, but obviously it was very disappointing on the day.
“Jamie (Codd) did the right thing by pulling up, rather than putting the boot down, and he seems in good form since.
“We’ll move on to the race at Punchestown. He’s won it five times before and if we left him at home he’d wonder what was going on!”
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Although On The Fringe is in the twilight of his career, Bolger has no thoughts of retiring his charge at this stage.
Asked whether Punchestown could be his swansong, the trainer said: “I don’t think so. This season has been a bit disappointing, but we have to tell ourselves he was beaten less than three lengths at Cheltenham on ground that was drying all day. If the ground had been a bit slower they’d have come back to him sooner and who knows what would have happened?
“It was a shame what happened at Aintree, but he seems in great form at home and hopefully we’ll get him back on track at Punchestown.
“We just haven’t had the rub of the green this year.”