Mullins take title lead after amazing day – latest from second day of 2018 Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown

     PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL RACE NEWS SERVICE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018   MULLINS TAKE TITLE LEAD AFTER AMAZING DAY Willie Mullins finished day two of the Punchestown Festival as a long odds-on favourite to retain the trainers’ championship after amazingly winning six of the day’s seven races. Mullins is now €48,161 ahead of Gordon Elliott, having begun the afternoon €405,839 behind. A victory for 11/2 chance Patricks Park in the day’s penultimate contest, the Grade A GUINNESS HANDICAP CHASE, saw Mullins first take the lead in the title race….

Wednesday (25/4) track notes ahead of Champions Day at Sha Tin this Sunday, April 29

Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup AL AIN (JPN) Worked in the trotting ring and cantered around the all-weather track. Assistant trainer Shin Otose said: “Everything has gone well so far. He has been relaxed and has maintained his good form. He will gallop on the turf course tomorrow.”   DANBURITE (JPN) Cantered for one and a half laps on the all-weather track . Assistant trainer Shinichiro Kobayashi said: “He is still relaxed and is a happy horse.  He was not stiff after the gallop…

Six overseas countries represented as Royal Ascot Group 1 entries unveiled – Bill Mott, Wesley Ward, Harlan Malter, Francis Lui, Anthony Freedman and Bob Edwards talk about their hopes

Ascot Racecourse Media Release for immediate release, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Six overseas countries represented as Royal Ascot Group 1 entries unveiled   Bill Mott, Wesley Ward, Harlan Malter, Francis Lui, Anthony Freedman and Bob Edwards talk about their hopes Entries for the eight Group One races at Royal Ascot in June are revealed today, with representation from six overseas countries – Australia, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan and the USA. The potential raiders include 12 American entries, three each from Australia and Japan, plus…

Crossed Baton made all in Investec Blue Riband Trial at Epsom Downs today to complete Gosden/Dettori four-timer

           Newmarket trainer John Gosden and Frankie Dettori enjoyed four a row in the £50,000 Investec Blue Riband Trial when Crossed Batonmade all to win the newly-promoted Listed mile and a quarter event at Epsom Downs this afternoon. If Crossed Baton, the 11/4 victor, proves anywhere near as good as Gosden’s 2017 winner Cracksman, then connections will be pleased. He would have gained a wildcard entry into the premier British Classic and Britain’s richest race, the £1.5-million G1 Investec Derby, run over…

Day to remember for Townend & Mullins – latest from second day of 2018 Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown

     PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL RACE NEWS SERVICE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018 DAY TO REMEMBER FOR TOWNEND AND MULLINS After an opening day to forget at the 2018 Punchestown Festival, jockey Paul Townend bounced back in the best possible fashion this afternoon with a Grade 1 victory. Townend sensationally ran out at the final fence of the Growise Novices’ Chase on Tuesday aboard Al Boum Photo, with the race seemingly at his mercy, but landed the Grade 1 IRISH DAILY MIRROR NOVICE HURDLE today on Next Destination. The 5/4…

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