All the news from the final day of the Punchestown Festival -Grade 1 double heads record 13 winners for Mullins

GREY TAKES GOLD FOR LEE   Herefordshire-trainer Richard Lee brought over two runners to Punchestown this week. Gassin Gold finished second in the Louis Fitzgerald Hurdle on Wednesday while Grey Gold (6/1) prevailed in today’s MADRA IRISH DOG FOODS NOVICE CHASE.   The field was reduced to three runners and that was cut to two when Aupcharlie came down at the last fence to leave Grey Gold to win by 37 lengths.   “Gassin Golf horse would have won if he jumped the last OK…

All the news from day 4 of the Punchestown Festival – Hurricane Fly at very best

POPULAR WIN FOR BOVARY   There was a local victory in the AON NOVICE HANDICAP CHASE when Madam Bovary, owned and bred by former Punchestown chairman Dermot Cox and trained by Jessica Harrington, relished the underfoot conditions to score by five and a half lengths. Despite a 20/1 starting price, the victory did not come as a shock to the winning trainer.   “The more it rained this morning, the happier I got,” said Harrington. “She won here in January and I said to Dermot…

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…

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