Midterm among stars on show at Newbury on Saturday

One-time Derby fancy Midterm returns in the £60,000 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (1.55pm, nine runners) over 12 furlongs, the first of three Group Three contests at Newbury on the second day of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend, Saturday, April 22. Midterm (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore) started last season with a dominant victory over Algometer in the G3 Classic Trial at Sandown Park, but missed the Derby with a stress fracture after disappointing in York’s G2 Dante Stakes. The son of Galileo was beaten…

Gigginstown bid to round season off in style

It has been another outstanding season for Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud and the champion-owner elect is set to bid to finish off the campaign on a high at next week’s Punchestown Festival, running from Tuesday to Saturday, April 25 to 29. Eddie O’Leary, racing manager to his brother, revealed today that a string of Gigginstown’s star names are set to run over the five days. Brilliant mare Apple’s Jade, winner of the Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, is set to line up in…

Mullins confirms stable stars for Punchestown

Annie Power, Arctic Fire, Djakadam, Let’s Dance, Melon, Nichols Canyon, Penhill, Un De Sceaux, Vroum Vroum Mag all set for big event   Willie Mullins has been leading trainer at each of the last 11 Punchestown Festivals (and 14 times in all) and he is set to unleash a fabulous team at this year’s event, running from Tuesday, April 25, to Saturday, April 29. Mullins is currently playing second fiddle to Gordon Elliott in the Irish trainers’ championship but Punchestown is likely to have a…

Elliott reveals formidable Punchestown squad

Cheltenham winners Apple’s Jade, Fayonagh and Labaik among those on target Ireland’s leading trainer this season, Gordon Elliott, looks set to unleash a formidable team at the 2017 Punchestown Festival as he bids for his first championship. Elliott has currently won around €355,000 more than 10-times title-holder Willie Mullins and the Punchestown Festival – with over €2.9 million in prize money – is likely to be crucial in the battle for the trainers’ championship. The season finishes at the end of Punchestown on Saturday, April…

All-star cast set for 2017 Punchestown Festival

A brilliant set of Grade 1 entries are unveiled today for the 2017 Punchestown Festival, running from Tuesday to Saturday, April 25 to 29 and this year boasting record prize money of over €2.9 million. No less than 12 of the 15 Grade 1 and 2 winners from the Cheltenham Festival have been given entries for Punchestown with many of the big-race heroes from Aintree also engaged. One of the clashes of the season is set for the second day – Wednesday, April 26 –…

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