Vautour on top

The Willie Mullins-trained Vautour justified 1/3 favouritism to take the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle by three and a half lengths from Apache Stronghold. “At least Jessie hadn’t a runner so that gave us a chance!,” said Mullins. “I’m delighted that he won and if he hadn’t scored as impressively at Cheltenham then we’d say he’d run a lovely race today. But that was certainly nothing like his Cheltenham win. “He wasn’t nearly as impressive and I don’t think it was the trip. I…

Jezki just Champion

A fantastic match in the Grade 1 Racing Post Champion Hurdle saw Jezki (4/5 Fav), winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, see off 19-time Grade 1 winner Hurricane Fly, who had captured the Punchestown feature for the past four seasons, by three and a quarter lengths. It was a sixth win of the Festival for trainer Jessica Harrington, who said: “He came back fresh from Cheltenham but you never know how they are until you run them. I’m delighted to have won because if…

Harrington’s winning Turn again

Burn And Turn (7/1) captured the SeanieMac.com EBF Mares Handicap Chase by half a length to make her trainer Jessica Harrington, the leading handler so far at the 2014 Punchestown Festival. The mare brought a poignant fifth success at the meeting for Harrington as she was bred by the trainer’s husband Johnny, who died last month. “The horses are flying and it’s down to everyone else in the yard because I have not been around as much as I should have been recently,” said Harrington….

Jetson foils Quevega

Legendary mare Quevega almost certainly ran her last race when a fast-finishing second to Jetson in the €200,000 Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle over three miles at Punchestown, a race she has won for the previous four seasons. Davy Russell stole a march on the opposition when bringing home Gerry McGrath’s home-bred Jetson, a half-brother to Jezki, to spring a 20/1 surprise to the delight of trainer Jessica Harrington. “That was a bit of a surprise, we really came here because there were no…

Jacks Island takes La Touche

County Carlow handler John Kenny saw his colours carried to victory in the Avon Ri Corporate & Leisure Resort Chase For the La Touche Cup when Ger Fox steered Jacks Island to a 25/1 success. The 11-year-old landed the four mile, one furlong cross country chase by seven and a half lengths from Keep On Track. “I thought we had a great chance today,” said Kenny. “We didn’t go to Cheltenham because he wouldn’t have got in there and he’s always brilliant here. “Ger carried…

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