All the news from day 3 of the Punchestown Festival – Quevega just outstanding

The Peter Maher-trained Big Shu (9/2 Co Fav) followed up his success in Cheltenham’s cross-country chase when showing great resilience in the testing conditions to hold on to win the AVON RI CORPORATE & LEISURE RESORT CHASE FOR THE LA TOUCHE CUP.   “It’s just a fairytale. Big Shu is a brilliant horse but he was very tired. He is very honest and top notch. It’s great for the stable and he is a great horse for the small man. Me and Barry (Cash, jockey)…

All the news from day 2 of the Punchestown Festival – Sir claims Gold

The Pat Fahy-trained Morning Assembly (14/1) battled hard to land the Grade 1 IRISH DAILY MIRROR NOVICE HURDLE under Davy Condon in the colours of Yorkshire-based Steve Parkin’s Clipper Logistics. “That’s great because things have just not been happening this season. It’s been very flat and Steve has been totally supportive,” said Fahy. “When Inish Island loomed up I thought that was it. But in all his races Morning Assembly has been at his best in the last 300 yards and he kept on at…

Further news from the opening day of the 2013 Punchestown Festival

BENBULBEN BACK TO BEST The Gordon Elliott-trained Mount Benbulben put in an impressive performance to give jockey Danny Mullins a Grade 1 victory on his 21st birthday when capturing the GROWISE CHAMPION NOVICE CHASE by 22 lengths.  “We always knew he was a good horse but his jumping has let him down,” said Elliott of the 14/1 winner. “We’ve done all sorts with him and he was down with Con Power yesterday who has done a lot of work with him.  “The horse has had…

Ubak to be supplemented & quotes from Sweeney, Mangan & Byrnes ahead of the Punchestown Festival

Trainer Gary Moore today revealed that his outstanding Aintree winner Ubak is set to be supplemented for the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle on Friday, April 26, at next week’s Punchestown Festival. The five-year-old was a brilliant 16-length winner of the Grade 2 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree on April 6 and Moore is looking forward to running in Ireland. The 8,000 euros supplementary entry stage for the two and a half mile €80,000 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle is on Monday, April…

Gigginstown duo First Lieutenant and Sir Des Champs both going for Gold

First Lieutenant, an impressive winner of Aintree’s Grade 1 Betfred Bowl on Friday, is likely to join Gigginstown House Stud’s strong team in what promises to be a great renewal of the €150,000 the Bet Online With The Tote.com Punchestown Gold Cup at the Punchestown Festival on Wednesday, April 24. The Mouse Morris-trained eight-year-old is set to line up alongside the same owner’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs (trained by Willie Mullins) and dual Grade 1 winner Quito De La Roque (trained by…

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