With their courageous Punchestown success, Impervious awes.

After a difficult victory in the Madigan Group Novice Chase at Punchestown, Impervious maintains his unbeaten record over fences.

The mare took a Grade Two contest against her own sex for trainer Colm Murphy’s first victory over fences, leaving her with a penalty in a field of geldings.

Under Brian Hayes, the seven-year-old started at 3-1 for the Grade Three contest, largely offset by her mares’ allowance.

Impervious fought hard to get ahead of Henry de Bromhead’s Journey With Me, which was locked in a race for the finish. She eventually won by half a length, beating the rest of the field by 22 lengths or more.

Impervious is now the sponsor’s 6-4 favorite for the Cheltenham Festival’s Mrs. Paddy Power Mares’ Chase.

Murphy commented, “I’m delighted with that.”

“It was a tall order giving weight to those boys.

“It was probably a little, tiny worry running her on heavy ground too, but she’s answered a lot of questions. We can make more plans now.

“She’s one of those, she wears her heart on her sleeve and she gives everything.”

The trainer continued, “Without talking to the lads I’m guessing so. I’ll have a word with Frank (Berry, racing manager) and JP (McManus, owner) and see then”.

“She seems to be improving and especially with those fillies, when they start improving you don’t know where they’ll end up but I do know it’s nice to have her.”

Patrick Mullins and Henry de Bromhead won the Total Event Rental Amateur National when Royal Thief returned after a 782-day absence.

In 2020, the gelding started his chasing career winning, but on his next run, he fell and was taken off the track.

After a lengthy layoff, Mullins’ mount, a 14-1 chance, quickly found his stride, jumping well, and won by 10 lengths.

“I’m delighted with that. Patrick was brilliant on him,” said De Bromhead.

“He said there was a fresh strip out at the wing and he went that way so fair play to him. It worked really well.

“He hadn’t run for a long time so it’s great and I’m delighted for (owners) Gigginstown. He ran well in the Pertemps a few years ago, then won his beginners’ chase and got hurt.

“We’re in no panic with him now, we’ll enjoy today and have no major plans.”

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