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ANIBALE FLY: Grand National warrior ready to roll at Punchestown

Placing in two Grand National’s and two Gold Cup’s, Anibale Fly is perhaps one of National Hunt’s most underappreciated representatives

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Two-time Grand National each-way runner Anibale Fly returns to action at Punchestown on Saturday afternoon for Tony Martin.

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The JP McManus 11-year-old finished fourth and fifth in the Aintree showpiece in 2018 and 2019, respectively, behind the legendary Tiger Roll on both occasions.

Anibale Fly has won 7 of his 30 starts to date ahead of his Punchestown exploits this weekend

These efforts were subsequent to a third and second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup a month previously, resulting in a lofty 164 rating, and top-weight of 11st 10lbs, on the second occasion but he still pulled nine lengths clear of 2017 victor One For Arthur two years ago when making the top quintet.

WATCH: ANIBALE FLY FINISHED FOURTH ON HIS GRAND NATIONAL DEBUT IN 2018 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

It was five years ago today that the son of Assessor won at this very fixture, taking the Coral Handicap Hurdle under Barry Geraghty.

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He has only run at Punchestown twice since, chasing home Disko in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Chase twelve months later before being the last home in the 2019 John Durkan.

WATCH: TIGER ROLL’S SECOND GRAND NATIONAL WIN, WHICH SAW ANIBALE FLY FINISH FIFTH, BACK IN 2019 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He pulled up in the 2021 National in Liverpool last time out and concedes weight all around on his return to County Kildare in the Colm Quinn BMW Group Handicap Chase at 2:50pm on the final day of the fixture.

The Punchestown Festival concludes on Saturday afternoon, with Anibale Fly set to feature in the second contest of the day

Mark Walsh is back in the saddle and the 7-time winner will wear cheekpieces for the first time.

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