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…

Game Cossack claims Gold

Veteran rider Paul Carberry treated the Punchestown crowd to a flying dismount after getting Don Cossack (5/2) up to win the feature Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup. A P McCoy had ridden the horse to victory at Aintree and the newly-retired jockey – visiting Punchestown as a spectator – had advised Carberry on tactics. “I’ve always loved the horse and it was great to get the opportunity to ride him – it’s lucky that AP retired!,” said Carberry. “But AP told me how…

Douvan stars for Mullins

DOUVAN STARS FOR MULLINS Trainer Willie Mullins described Douvan as being “as good as we have ever had” after the brilliant five-year-old strolled home to win the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle by seven and a half lengths on the opening day of the 2015 Punchestown Festival. The French-bred, winner of last month’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, justified 1/6 favouritism as he cruised home under Ruby Walsh. “Douvan could be anything. He is way more efficient jumping than Faugheen ever was or is…

Tizzard star Thistlecrack heading to Punchestown

Runaway Aintree Grade 1 winner Thistlecrack was today confirmed to be on course for the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at next week’s Punchestown Festival. Colin Tizzard’s charge took the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle by 13 lengths at Liverpool and connections are hoping that he can finish his campaign on a high in the three-mile Grade 1 at Punchestown on Wednesday, April 29. “The plan is to bring Thistlecrack over – he missed Cheltenham and then was very impressive at Aintree. He worked nicely this morning…

Gigginstown giants poised for Punchestown‏

-Road To Riches and Don Cossack set to go for Gold -Lieutenant Colonel bids to bounce back from Cheltenham -Big team for Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle includes Alpha Des Obeaux and No More Heroes Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud will bid to round off the Irish season on a high at next week’s Punchestown Festival with leading contenders in most of the big races. The five-day Festival runs from Tuesday, April 28 through to Saturday, May 2. Gigginstown’s colours have prevailed in the BIBBY…

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