SCEAUX GOOD FOR MULLINS – first day Punchestown 2018 Irish National Hunt Festival

SCEAUX GOOD FOR MULLINS        Trainer Willie Mullins made a dream start in his bid to retain the Irish trainers’ championship on the opening day of the 2018 Punchestown Festival. He won three of the day’s first four races and had narrowed the gap in the title race to trail rival Gordon Elliott by €226,714. Un De Sceaux, the 9/2 chance ridden by Mullins’ son Patrick, provided the icing when making all to come home three and three-quarter lengths ahead of stablemate Douvan (4/5 favourite)…

BACCARDYS COMPLETES GRADE 1 DOUBLE FOR MULLINS TEAM

PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL RACE NEWS SERVICE FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017     BACCARDYS COMPLETES GRADE 1 DOUBLE FOR MULLINS TEAM   A red-letter day for amateur Patrick Mullins continued when, 35 minutes after winning the Grade 1 BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle, he claimed another top-flight success aboard Baccardys (10/1) in the Grade 1 TATTERSALLS IRELAND CHAMPION NOVICE HURDLE over two and a half miles.   The-five-year-old came out best by a short-head from 13/8 Fav Finian’s Oscar with a victory that helped both his own bid…

Wicklow so brave for Mullins

Willie Mullins took a €19,420 lead in the battle for the trainers’ championship when Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave (12/1) took the €250,000 GRADE 1 BETDAQ PUNCHESTOWN HURDLE. But for Mullins, every bit as important as the prize money, was the fact that the trainer’s amateur son Patrick was in the saddle, securing victory with an inspired front-running ride. “Patrick winning this race means so much to me, the prize money was not what was on my mind,” said the successful trainer. “The horse took off…

Fabulous Fayonagh – further news from the second day of the Punchestown Festival

The superb mare Fayonagh (11/8 Fav) added to her victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham when running out a gutsy winner of the RACING POST CHAMPION INH FLAT RACE. The victory bolstered Gordon Elliott’s championship hopes and the trainer said: “She’s a really good mare. She’s buzzy at home and I don’t gallop her much. I expect we’ll put her away now, give her a nice holiday and go jumping next season. The plan had been to be in the first three at Cheltenham (when…

Sizing best in brilliant Gold Cup – news from the second day of the Punchestown Festival

The Jessica Harrington-trained Sizing John (9/10 Fav) came out best in a fabulous renewal of the Grade 1 €250,000 CORAL PUNCHESTOWN GOLD CUP to become the first horse to win the Punchestown showpiece, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. The 2015 Cheltenham hero Coneygree boldly tried to make the running but he was passed in the straight with Sizing John eventually holding off Djakadam to win by a short-head. “I didn’t think he was going as well as at Cheltenham. He jumped the…

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