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…

Beat That stars

Beat That (11/8 favourite) looked a hugely-exciting prospect when seeing off Don Poli by three quarters of a length to win the three-mile Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Barry Geraghty. Henderson said: “Barry said the horse didn’t feel quite as fresh as he was at Aintree. He had a tough race that day and it was a real fierce battle. He did a piece of work on Saturday and it wasn’t brilliant. He’s only had four runs…

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…

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