Sizing Europe just champion

SIZING EUROPE JUST CHAMPION The 12-year-old Sizing Europe looked better than ever when coming home to huge cheers after winning the feature €200,000 Grade 1 Boylesports.com Champion Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday. Henry de Bromhead’s stable star also won the two-mile showpiece in 2012 and the trainer commented: “He’s just brilliant and Andrew (Lynch) gave the horse a fantastic ride. He loved the ground and is just unbelievable. “He was running away with Andrew at halfway and the horse has just been a superstar for…

Faugheen Outstanding

Faugheen maintained his unbeaten record in devastating fashion at Punchestown today when justifying 1/2 favouritism to win the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle by 12 lengths eased down. The six-year-old, who won the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham over two miles and five furlongs, was dropping back in trip to two miles but that proved no inconvenience. “We were going to run Vautour in this but he failed a late fitness test at declaration time and we were happy enough that this…

Strong Gigginstown team heads to Punchestown

Gigginstown House Stud look set to unleash a powerful team in many of the major races at next week’s five-day Punchestown Festival, which begins on Tuesday, April 29. Three-time Grade 1 winner First Lieutenant is set to line up in Wednesday’s €200,000 Grade 1 BIBBY FINANCIAL SERVICES IRELAND PUNCHESTOWN GOLD CUP and Gigginstown House Stud’s racing manager Eddie O’Leary revealed that the nine-year-old could sport head gear next week. “First Lieutenant has been knocking on the door recently and he will go for the Bibby…

Latest news ahead of Punchestown Festival

LATEST NEWS AHEAD OF PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL – Quinn confirms Cockney Sparrow – Balder Succes takes novice route – Hanlon goes for biggest career win SPARROW CONFIRMED FOR PUNCHESTOWN Trainer John Quinn today confirmed that Scottish Champion Hurdle heroine Cockney Sparrow will line up at the Punchestown Festival next week. The outstanding mare had My Tent Or Yours back in third place when winning Scotland’s top hurdling prize at Ayr on April 12 and she is now set to bid for a first top-level success in…

Top Entries for Punchestown Handicaps

Punchestown racecourse today (22nd April 2014) released entries with weights for the three major handicaps at next week’s festival. The Philip Hobbs trained Menorah carries top weight of 11st 10lbs in the €100,000 Guinness Handicap Chase on Wednesday 30th April. It could be a case of third time lucky for the Mrs. Diana Whateley owned gelding who has two Punchestown festival runs under his belt. Recent Fairyhouse winner Road to Riches managed to avoid a penalty and will carry 10 stone 9 pounds for trainer…

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