Zabana on top in Growise Champion Novice Chase

Andrew Lynch’s stable star Zabana (7/2), who had an unfortuitous trip to last month’s Cheltenham Festival, gained compensation when winning the Grade 1 Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday for owner Chris Jones. The seven-year-old whipped round at the start and unseated Davy Russell when well-fancied for the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham and Lynch was delighted with this victory. “Cheltenham was going to be his day and it didn’t work out. But it’s great to come here and do that,” said Lynch….

God’s Own on top at Punchestown

On an afternoon when Willie Mullins’ two hotpots Vautour and Yorkhill both got beaten, the Tom George-trained God’s Own travelled over from Britain to claim the feature Grade 1 BoyleSports Champion Chase on the opening day of the 2016 Punchestown Festival. The eight-year-old, who won the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown two seasons ago, was sent off at 9/1 when beating 4/9 favourite Vautour by two lengths with Simonsig (6/1) a further length and a quarter back in third. “A lot of hard…

Mullins unveils formidable Punchestown squad

Willie Mullins may have one eye on a first British champion trainers’ title but he has no intention of relinquishing his crown as King of Punchestown, when next week’s Festival gets underway. At last year’s Punchestown Festival, Mullins won an incredible 16 of the 37 races (43.2%) and he looks set to be well-represented throughout this year’s five-day meeting, running from Tuesday, April 26 to Saturday, April 30. “The Punchestown Festival has been a happy hunting ground for us in the past and it produces…

O’Leary looking to crown memorable season at Punchestown

It has been an unforgettable few weeks for Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud with Don Cossack winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Rogue Angel landing the BoyleSports Irish Grand National and Rule The World capturing Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree. The Gigginstown team are aiming to finish the season on a high closer to home with a powerful squad assembled for the Punchestown Festival. “It’s been awesome. We’ve had a fantastic time and we would love to crown the season with a few Punchestown winners,” said…

Jump racing’s biggest names set to clash at Punchestown Festival

Elliott and Tizzard relishing Cue Card vs Don Cossack Other stars entered include Annie Power, Douvan, Native River, Sprinter Sacre, Thistlecrack, Vautour, Vroum Vroum Mag, Yorkhill A vintage jump season is set to end on a massive high following today’s announcement of the big-race entries for the 2016 Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown from April 26 to 30. It is a golden era for jump racing, with some outstanding performers on show at the recent Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals, and many of those are…

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