Posted: 28th Jan 2016
Flemenstar: takes on Felix Yonger in the Tied Cottage Chase on SundayPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
JOCKEY Andrew Lynch is eager to get back on board Flemenstar in the Grade 1 BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase this weekend after the 11-year-old roared back to form last time.
Lynch felt Flemenstar was like old his self when claiming his fourth Grade 1 victory at Leopardstown over Christmas, when he made the most Un De Sceaux's fall to run down Simple Ned to claim the Paddy Power iPhone Chase.
Flemenstar is 4-1 second favourite with the sponsor for Sunday's showdown at Punchestown behind 4-5 favourite Felix Yonger, and Lynch cannot wait to get back on board the evergreen 11-year-old, who defied the doubters with a tenacious triumph at Leopardstown.
Lynch has been in the saddle for all of Flemenstar's ten wins under rules and he believes the pair have a big chance of making it number 11 on Sunday.
'Brillant over fences'
"I'm really looking forward to it and he has been a terrific horse for my career," Lynch said. "It is hard to say whether he is as good as he was or not but it certainly felt like the old Flemenstar when he was winging fences down the back straight at Leopardstown the last day. He was brilliant over them.
"It obviously helped that Un De Sceaux came down but you never know what would have happened and Flemenstar showed a great attitude up the home straight. I schooled him a few days ago and he felt really good."
Lynch added: "He has improved with every run this season and I think there could be even more improvement to come. He looks to have a big chance on Sunday and I can't wait."
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