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 –…

Punchestown here we come! Harrington confirms Sizing John will join star cast of Cheltenham winners at next month’s Punchestown Festival

PUNCHESTOWN HERE WE COME!   Harrington confirms Sizing John will join star cast of Cheltenham winners at next month’s Punchestown Festival     Trainer Jessica Harrington has today revealed that Friday’s brilliant Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John will have one more start this season in the €250,000 Grade 1 Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday, April 26.   The seven-year-old scored in fantastic style at Cheltenham and Harrington is delighted that he will round off his campaign at her local course.   “Sizing John…

Shaneshill & Nichols Canyon second and third in Nashville on Saturday as Rawnaq wins

The Willie Mullins-trained Shaneshill and Nichols Canyon finished second and third in the US$200,000 Grade One Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle at Percy Warner Park, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on Saturday, May 14. Shaneshill, the mount of Danny Mullins, who raced in third for most of the race as Nichols Canyon led or ran second under Ruby Walsh, laid down a determined challenge to the eventual winner Rawnaq who spent much of his career in Ireland. However, though Shaneshill closed strongly after the last, nine-year-old Rawnaq, owned…

Cromwell’s Girl stars

On a day for special mares, Jer’s Girl (11/8 Fav) put in a superb performance to win the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle by 10 lengths under Barry Geraghty for owner J P McManus and trainer Gavin Cromwell. “She’s very good and we didn’t know about this ground but Barry said she is even better on it,” said Cromwell. “I certainly thought she’d improved from her last run at Fairyhouse but you’re going into the unknown taking on these strong geldings here. She’s not that big…

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