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…

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…

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