BACCARDYS COMPLETES GRADE 1 DOUBLE FOR MULLINS TEAM

PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL RACE NEWS SERVICE FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017     BACCARDYS COMPLETES GRADE 1 DOUBLE FOR MULLINS TEAM   A red-letter day for amateur Patrick Mullins continued when, 35 minutes after winning the Grade 1 BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle, he claimed another top-flight success aboard Baccardys (10/1) in the Grade 1 TATTERSALLS IRELAND CHAMPION NOVICE HURDLE over two and a half miles.   The-five-year-old came out best by a short-head from 13/8 Fav Finian’s Oscar with a victory that helped both his own bid…

Wicklow so brave for Mullins

Willie Mullins took a €19,420 lead in the battle for the trainers’ championship when Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave (12/1) took the €250,000 GRADE 1 BETDAQ PUNCHESTOWN HURDLE. But for Mullins, every bit as important as the prize money, was the fact that the trainer’s amateur son Patrick was in the saddle, securing victory with an inspired front-running ride. “Patrick winning this race means so much to me, the prize money was not what was on my mind,” said the successful trainer. “The horse took off…

Fabulous Fayonagh – further news from the second day of the Punchestown Festival

The superb mare Fayonagh (11/8 Fav) added to her victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham when running out a gutsy winner of the RACING POST CHAMPION INH FLAT RACE. The victory bolstered Gordon Elliott’s championship hopes and the trainer said: “She’s a really good mare. She’s buzzy at home and I don’t gallop her much. I expect we’ll put her away now, give her a nice holiday and go jumping next season. The plan had been to be in the first three at Cheltenham (when…

Sizing best in brilliant Gold Cup – news from the second day of the Punchestown Festival

The Jessica Harrington-trained Sizing John (9/10 Fav) came out best in a fabulous renewal of the Grade 1 €250,000 CORAL PUNCHESTOWN GOLD CUP to become the first horse to win the Punchestown showpiece, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. The 2015 Cheltenham hero Coneygree boldly tried to make the running but he was passed in the straight with Sizing John eventually holding off Djakadam to win by a short-head. “I didn’t think he was going as well as at Cheltenham. He jumped the…

All the news from the first day of the Punchestown Festival

DISKO FEVER AT PUNCHESTOWN             Trainer Noel Meade was delighted to round off Disko‘s season with a top-level victory when the grey justified 13/8 favouritism to take the Grade 1 GROWISE CHMPION NOVICE CHASE over an extended three miles in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud.           “Eddie O’Leary found him in a small stable in France and he has been the apple of my eye ever since he arrived in my yard,” said Meade. “He wasn’t sparkling after Cheltenham but he was in great form last…

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