Byline: by PEADAR FLANAGAN
BOSTONS Angel was full of himself following the Risk Of Thunder Chase at Punchestown on Saturday after running his best race since landing the RSA Chase at Cheltenham last year. The old sparkle was back and this intelligent-looking horse knew it.
He had just almost run down the winner Arabella Boy, failing by three parts of a length, in a great finish. The race was an authentic trial for the cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival in March in which both horses are due to meet again.
Bostons Angel's poor form between his big win in the Cotswolds and prior to Saturday's race was obviously disappointing for connections. But fair dues to Harrington, who appears to have found the key to getting the best of him.
Her decision to switch him to the banks on Saturday, despite his heavy fall at Thurles during the previous week, worked a treat. Now she has mapped out an ambitious plan for him.
'I was delighted with him,' Harrington said. 'He loved it. The plan now is to send him for the cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival and also the Grand National at Aintree.' Without a doubt, Araballa Boy will again be a tough nut to crack for Bostons Angel at Cheltenham. Trained by Enda Bolger, justifiably known as the king of the banks, the sevenyear-old was winning for the fourth time under rules on Saturday. …