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Last Updated: November 16, 2008 3:33pm
Punchestowns proves a class above his rivals.
Punchestowns made a mockery of top weight to win the Cotswold Style Intermediate Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham in fine style.
Nicky Henderson's five-year-old, having only his fourth start over obstacles, was conceding upwards of 4lb to all of his rivals but that did not matter a jot as the imposing gelding pulled clear approaching the second last.
Barry Geraghty was motionless as his mount eased clear and the 7-1 chance beat the well-backed Ballydub by three and a half lengths.
Sky Bet gave the winner a 14/1 quote for the World Hurdle in March.
"That was very good," said Geraghty.
"He travelled well, he settled and he jumped brilliantly
"I was hoping he was straight enough on his first start but he had a bit left.
"You'd like to think he'd improve for that so he's definitely one for the future."
Henderson said: "We've schooled him over fences just to get his brain into gear but I didn't think he was ready today.
"The plan was to go chasing but we might just have to keep him over hurdles and see how far he can go.
"If he gets a rating of 150 plus we'll have to look at the better hurdle races but I still think he'll be better over fences."