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…

All the news from the first day of the Punchestown Festival

DISKO FEVER AT PUNCHESTOWN             Trainer Noel Meade was delighted to round off Disko‘s season with a top-level victory when the grey justified 13/8 favouritism to take the Grade 1 GROWISE CHMPION NOVICE CHASE over an extended three miles in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud.           “Eddie O’Leary found him in a small stable in France and he has been the apple of my eye ever since he arrived in my yard,” said Meade. “He wasn’t sparkling after Cheltenham but he was in great form last…

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…

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