Shaneshill & Nichols Canyon second and third in Nashville on Saturday as Rawnaq wins

The Willie Mullins-trained Shaneshill and Nichols Canyon finished second and third in the US$200,000 Grade One Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle at Percy Warner Park, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on Saturday, May 14. Shaneshill, the mount of Danny Mullins, who raced in third for most of the race as Nichols Canyon led or ran second under Ruby Walsh, laid down a determined challenge to the eventual winner Rawnaq who spent much of his career in Ireland. However, though Shaneshill closed strongly after the last, nine-year-old Rawnaq, owned…

Cromwell’s Girl stars

On a day for special mares, Jer’s Girl (11/8 Fav) put in a superb performance to win the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle by 10 lengths under Barry Geraghty for owner J P McManus and trainer Gavin Cromwell. “She’s very good and we didn’t know about this ground but Barry said she is even better on it,” said Cromwell. “I certainly thought she’d improved from her last run at Fairyhouse but you’re going into the unknown taking on these strong geldings here. She’s not that big…

Vroum Vroum Mag-estic‏

Vroum Vroum Mag (4/6 Fav) stepped in for her absent stablemate Annie Power in style in the BETDAQ Champion Hurdle to take the Grade 1 event by a cosy length and a quarter from Identity Thief with My Tent Or Yours a further three and half lengths back in third. “She has such a lovely temperament,” said trainer Willie Mullins. “I hadn’t realized how much speed she had until I worked her before Cheltenham. We were gobsmacked that day. We thought we might have supplemented the…

Douvan imperious

The brilliant Douvan put in a superb display to justify 2/9 favouritism when winning the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase easily by 11 lengths under Ruby Walsh. The six-year-old was completing a rare Cheltenham/Aintree/Punchestown three-timer and trainer Willie Mullins is already looking forward to next season. “We’ve seen a few not able to do the three Festivals this week so that was great,” said Mullins. “He got close at one or two but he jumped fantastically and did it like a fresh horse. You wouldn’t…

Greatrex on Track

A long-term plan by trainer Warren Greatrex came to fruition when the front-running One Track Mind (10/1) came out two and a quarter lengths clear of Jennies Jewel under Gavin Sheehan in the feature Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle over three miles. “This has been the plan all season and we just brought along the horse slowly,” said Greatrex. “It was one of those surreal feelings watching the race as I was happy the whole way through. We broke this horse and have had…

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