Nichols is lucky 13 for Mullins

PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL RACE NEWS SERVICE FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 NICHOLS IS LUCKY 13 FOR MULLINS Trainer Willie Mullins equalled his record of 13 wins at the Punchestown Festival, set in 2013, when Nichols Canyon (4/5 favourite) enjoyed a fourth Grade 1 victory in the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles. Ruby Walsh’s mount finished seven lengths clear of Alpha Des Obeaux (9/2) and Mullins expects the winner to meet stablemate Faugheen next season. “To do what he did there puts…

Faugheen outstanding at Punchestown

FAUGHEEN OUTSTANDING Faugheen (1/6 Fav) maintained his unbeaten record with a fabulous display in the Grade 1 Queally Group Celebrating 35 Years In Naas Punchestown Champion Hurdle when holding off stablemate Arctic Fire (5/1) to score by eight lengths. “Ruby (Walsh) didn’t hang around and the quicker they go, the better he jumps,” said trainer Willie Mullins, enjoying his 12th success of the Festival, while Faugheen has now won 10 races. “It’s extraordinary to see a former point-to-pointer doing that over two miles. “Ruby jumped…

Sceaux impressive in Ryanair Novice Chase

Punters who backed Un De Sceaux at 1/10 in today’s Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase never had any worries as the outstanding Arkle Chase hero added to Willie Mullins’ great record this week when scoring by three lengths from Just Cameron, running an excellent race for trainer Micky Hammond. “I thought he made one or two errors going away from the stands and he wasn’t jumping half as well as he did at Cheltenham. He may have been feeling the ground,” said Mullins. “I don’t…

Jezki heads Hurricane Fly in thrilling Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle

A step up to three miles for two brilliant hurdlers saw Jezki (5/2) come out a length and three-quarters ahead of old rival Hurricane Fly (6/4 favourite) to win the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle. “He jumped brilliantly,” said Jezki’s trainer Jessica Harrington. “He’s an amazing horse to have and I’m pleased for Mark (Walsh), who gave the horse a brilliant ride. It’s very special, Punchestown is my local track. “It was a re-route coming here. We thought we’d try something new and the…

Vic continues Mullins run

PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL RACE NEWS SERVICE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015 VIC CONTINUES MULLINS RUN Willie Mullins continued his clean sweep in the Punchestown Festival Grade 1s when Killultagh Vic held off the Colin Tizzard-trained Thistlecrack by half a length to take the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle. The 8/1 shot, partnered by Paul Townend, fared better than stablemate Shaneshill, who was sent off 11/8 favourite and finished third. “Killultagh Vic has improved since Cheltenham,” said Mullins. “He’s a good stayer and I’m not sure if we’ll…

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