Sceaux impressive in Ryanair Novice Chase

Punters who backed Un De Sceaux at 1/10 in today’s Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase never had any worries as the outstanding Arkle Chase hero added to Willie Mullins’ great record this week when scoring by three lengths from Just Cameron, running an excellent race for trainer Micky Hammond. “I thought he made one or two errors going away from the stands and he wasn’t jumping half as well as he did at Cheltenham. He may have been feeling the ground,” said Mullins. “I don’t…

Jezki heads Hurricane Fly in thrilling Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle

A step up to three miles for two brilliant hurdlers saw Jezki (5/2) come out a length and three-quarters ahead of old rival Hurricane Fly (6/4 favourite) to win the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle. “He jumped brilliantly,” said Jezki’s trainer Jessica Harrington. “He’s an amazing horse to have and I’m pleased for Mark (Walsh), who gave the horse a brilliant ride. It’s very special, Punchestown is my local track. “It was a re-route coming here. We thought we’d try something new and the…

Vic continues Mullins run

PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL RACE NEWS SERVICE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015 VIC CONTINUES MULLINS RUN Willie Mullins continued his clean sweep in the Punchestown Festival Grade 1s when Killultagh Vic held off the Colin Tizzard-trained Thistlecrack by half a length to take the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle. The 8/1 shot, partnered by Paul Townend, fared better than stablemate Shaneshill, who was sent off 11/8 favourite and finished third. “Killultagh Vic has improved since Cheltenham,” said Mullins. “He’s a good stayer and I’m not sure if we’ll…

Game Cossack claims Gold

Veteran rider Paul Carberry treated the Punchestown crowd to a flying dismount after getting Don Cossack (5/2) up to win the feature Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup. A P McCoy had ridden the horse to victory at Aintree and the newly-retired jockey – visiting Punchestown as a spectator – had advised Carberry on tactics. “I’ve always loved the horse and it was great to get the opportunity to ride him – it’s lucky that AP retired!,” said Carberry. “But AP told me how…

O’Meara considering Custom options as 27 go forward for Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes

Custom Cut could bid for a first Group One victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, Saturday, May 16. The David O’Meara-trained six-year-old is one of 27 going forward for the mile contest after making a winning return to action in the Group Two bet365 Mile at Sandown Park on April 24. Custom Cut won five races on the trot last season, including the mile Group Two Joel Stakes at Newmarket, before ending the campaign with an eighth…

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