Posted: 27th Apr 2016
Moon Racer (right) chases Blow By Blow at PunchestownPICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Punchestown, Wednesday
Attheraces.com Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) 4-7yo, 2m
BLOW BY BLOW denied Moon Racer a victory on his first run since winning the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival last year by making all of the running under jockey Katie Walsh.
Moon Racer had been off the track for 413 days and made a bold bid for victory, quickened sharply and then finding extra for pressure in the straight but ultimately did not have enough left in the tank to get past the winner.
It was a maiden Grade 1 victory for Katie Walsh, who said: "It's a first Grade 1 for me and I'm over the moon. It's unbelievable.
"He's tough as nails. I was looking for company but Patrick [Mullins] had said don't be afraid to wind it up from the back. I knew [Moon Racer] had plenty of toe so I wanted to get him on the back foot before turning in, and when he came to me we picked up again."
Tactics appeared to play a key role in the victory for the Willie Mullins-trained Blow By Blow, with second Moon Racer having to challenge from a long way back while the winner was idling having slipped the field in front.
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