Supa-Friday for Harrington

SUPA-FRIDAY FOR HARRINGTON   An exciting 2018 Punchestown Festival continued on Friday evening, April 27, with an eventful Grade 1 BETDAQ 2% COMMISSION PUNCHESTOWN CHAMPION HURDLE. Market leaders Samcro (Gordon Elliott/Jack Kennedy, 5/6 Fav) and Melon (Willie Mullins/Paul Townend, 11/4), respectively trained by title rivals Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins, independently fell three out.   The Jessica Harrington-trained Supasundae (7/1) was staying on at the time and was left second to Wicklow Brave (Willie Mullins/Mr Patrick Mullins, 12/1). He went to the front before the…

Friday (27/4) track notes and stories ahead of Champions Day at Sha Tin this Sunday, April 29

Audemars Piguet QEII Cup DINOZZO (HK) Exercised on the small inner dirt track. Jockey Karis Teetan said: “Of course, these are high-class horses he is running against but he has done well, this horse. He’s had a few good wins this season. It’s not a big field so if he can get himself in a decent position, he can run well. His last run was decent so, while I’m not going to say he’s a live winning chance, he’s got a chance to run a…

Footpad is foot-perfect

FOOT-PERFECT Trainer Willie Mullins felt Footpad (2/5 Fav) put in his best-ever performance when winning the Grade 1 RYANAIR NOVICE CHASE in fabulous style at Punchestown on Thursday. The brilliant six-year-old came home 12 lengths ahead of Optimus Prime (Dan Skelton/Noel Fehily, 25/1) with a brilliant jumping display in the two-mile contest. “That was even better than Cheltenham,” said Mullins. “I thought he jumped much bigger than ever before. He just seemed so well in himself and spring-heeled everything. He’d had to miss a bit of work around Aintree time and…

Faugheen is Punchestown hero

FAUGHEEN IS PUNCHESTOWN HERO One of jump racing’s biggest stars, Faugheen, came home to a hero’s reception at Punchestown on Thursday when returning to form in brilliant style in the Grade 1 LADBROKES CHAMPION STAYERS HURDLE. Trainer Willie Mullins’ nephew David was aboard the 10-year-old and put in a bold front-running performance to come home 13 lengths clear of stablemate Penhill. He was returned at 11/2. The winning trainer admitted he didn’t go into today’s race with great confidence. “He showed he still has it. But Ruby and…

Mullins take title lead after amazing day – latest from second day of 2018 Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown

     PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL RACE NEWS SERVICE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018   MULLINS TAKE TITLE LEAD AFTER AMAZING DAY Willie Mullins finished day two of the Punchestown Festival as a long odds-on favourite to retain the trainers’ championship after amazingly winning six of the day’s seven races. Mullins is now €48,161 ahead of Gordon Elliott, having begun the afternoon €405,839 behind. A victory for 11/2 chance Patricks Park in the day’s penultimate contest, the Grade A GUINNESS HANDICAP CHASE, saw Mullins first take the lead in the title race….

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