Wicklow so brave for Mullins

Willie Mullins took a €19,420 lead in the battle for the trainers’ championship when Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave (12/1) took the €250,000 GRADE 1 BETDAQ PUNCHESTOWN HURDLE. But for Mullins, every bit as important as the prize money, was the fact that the trainer’s amateur son Patrick was in the saddle, securing victory with an inspired front-running ride. “Patrick winning this race means so much to me, the prize money was not what was on my mind,” said the successful trainer. “The horse took off…

Thursday’s news ahead of Sunday’s G1 APQEII Cup

Thursday tracknotes Werther in the zone with final gallop Barrier Draw reaction United States swansong, a Hong Kong first   Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup Tracknotes – Thursday, 27 April, 2017   BLAZING SPEED – HK Worked on the main all-weather track. Tracked up behind his lead horse under a tight hold in the home straight to clock 54.1s  (28.8, 25.3). Trainer Tony Cruz said: “I would say condition-wise, fitness-wise, he is 100 percent.” Blazing Speed   DESIGNS ON ROME – HK The 2014…

Pletcher seriously considering Royal Ascot challenge with American Patriot

Leading US trainer Todd Pletcher revealed today that he is “serious considering” the £600,000 Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot for American Patriot. The straight mile contest on turf is the first race of the five-day spectacular, taking place at 2.30pm on Tuesday, June 20. The four-year-old War Front colt landed the biggest victory of his career last time out when getting up close home for a neck success in the G1 Maker’s 46 Mile on turf at Keeneland on April 14. American Patriot…

Fabulous Fayonagh – further news from the second day of the Punchestown Festival

The superb mare Fayonagh (11/8 Fav) added to her victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham when running out a gutsy winner of the RACING POST CHAMPION INH FLAT RACE. The victory bolstered Gordon Elliott’s championship hopes and the trainer said: “She’s a really good mare. She’s buzzy at home and I don’t gallop her much. I expect we’ll put her away now, give her a nice holiday and go jumping next season. The plan had been to be in the first three at Cheltenham (when…

Sizing best in brilliant Gold Cup – news from the second day of the Punchestown Festival

The Jessica Harrington-trained Sizing John (9/10 Fav) came out best in a fabulous renewal of the Grade 1 €250,000 CORAL PUNCHESTOWN GOLD CUP to become the first horse to win the Punchestown showpiece, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. The 2015 Cheltenham hero Coneygree boldly tried to make the running but he was passed in the straight with Sizing John eventually holding off Djakadam to win by a short-head. “I didn’t think he was going as well as at Cheltenham. He jumped the…

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