All the news from day 4 of the Punchestown Festival – Hurricane Fly at very best

POPULAR WIN FOR BOVARY   There was a local victory in the AON NOVICE HANDICAP CHASE when Madam Bovary, owned and bred by former Punchestown chairman Dermot Cox and trained by Jessica Harrington, relished the underfoot conditions to score by five and a half lengths. Despite a 20/1 starting price, the victory did not come as a shock to the winning trainer.   “The more it rained this morning, the happier I got,” said Harrington. “She won here in January and I said to Dermot…

All the news from day 3 of the Punchestown Festival – Quevega just outstanding

The Peter Maher-trained Big Shu (9/2 Co Fav) followed up his success in Cheltenham’s cross-country chase when showing great resilience in the testing conditions to hold on to win the AVON RI CORPORATE & LEISURE RESORT CHASE FOR THE LA TOUCHE CUP.   “It’s just a fairytale. Big Shu is a brilliant horse but he was very tired. He is very honest and top notch. It’s great for the stable and he is a great horse for the small man. Me and Barry (Cash, jockey)…

Further news from the day two of the 2013 Punchestown Festival

KLEPHT BAGS VALUABLE PRIZE After a series of good runs this season, trainer Tom Mullins was delighted that Klepht (12/1) got his head in front to win the €80,000 Guinness Handicap Chase. “He’s been unlucky and I’ve said to his owner that was a good one in him and for once he was proved right. If we were going to destroy his handicap mark then we might as well do it here,” said Mullins. “If we didn’t win today then we were going to go…

All the news from day 2 of the Punchestown Festival – Sir claims Gold

The Pat Fahy-trained Morning Assembly (14/1) battled hard to land the Grade 1 IRISH DAILY MIRROR NOVICE HURDLE under Davy Condon in the colours of Yorkshire-based Steve Parkin’s Clipper Logistics. “That’s great because things have just not been happening this season. It’s been very flat and Steve has been totally supportive,” said Fahy. “When Inish Island loomed up I thought that was it. But in all his races Morning Assembly has been at his best in the last 300 yards and he kept on at…

Investec Derby Trial winner Mirsaale being aimed at the Investec Derby

Mirsaale won the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial, run over 10 furlongs at Epsom Downs’ opening fixture of 2013 this afternoon, and will now be aimed at the premier Classic, held at the Surrey course on Saturday, June 1. The three-year-old colt, trained by James Tate in Newmarket, triumphed in good style from seven rivals and enjoyed a length and a half advantage over Another Cocktail at the line. The trainer commented: “We always thought he would handle a track like Epsom but we just didn’t…

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