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Upmanship heads ten in BMW Chase.

Byline: Tony O'Hehir

NATIVE Upmanship, runner-up in the Queen Mother Champion Chase before landing the Martell Melling Chase at Aintree, heads the list of ten

acceptors for the Grade 1 BMW Chase, the feature event on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival on Tuesday, writes Tony

O'Hehir.

Knife Edge, who disappointed in the Champion Chase, and the Ferdy Murphy-trained Ichi Beau, who is the only British-trained acceptor, are among the possible opponents for Arthur Moore's nine-year-old in the two-mile event.

Rain at Punchestown yesterday has turned the ground to yielding.

Adamant Approach, who was challenging for the lead when falling at the last in the Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, is set to seek compensation in the Grade 1 Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle for which there are 13 acceptors, all of them Irish-trained.

There are a large number of British-trained entries in the other races on the opening day, including last year's Grand National runner-up Smarty, who is among the 46 entries for the three-mile-one-furlong North Kildare Farmers Handicap Chase.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 18, 2002
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