Review punchestown 13th Jan

Sat 13th Jan 2018, 16:40


Willie Mullins secured a big-race double at Punchestown when Getabird ran out a comprehensive winner of the Grade Two Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle.

The Rich Ricci-owned six-year-old maintained his unbeaten record from the front under Patrick Mullins, keeping all rivals at bay and stretching well clear of Mengli Khan after the last, scoring by nine lengths.

Invitation Only put in a really solid round of jumping to land Grade Three honours in the Total Event Rental (Kildare) Novice Chase.

David Mullins was happy to make all on the Willie Mullins-trained 5-4 favourite and though stablemate Koshari got close to him at the last,p>Invitation Only picked up the gallop again to score by two and a half lengths.

Relegate (13-8 favourite) provided Willie Mullins with a treble and his son Patrick a double when he landed the David Trundley Artist At Punchestown Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Flat Race.

Glencairn View battled gamely to take the Connolly's Red Mills Amateur National Handicap Chase.

Tony Mullins' 4-1 joint-favourite was in the front rank a long way out under Liam Quinlan and appeared to be headed after the last by Toubaloo, but he fought back bravely to score by a length and three quarters.

Jessica Harrington's Impact Factor justified 4-7 favouritism with an all-the-way success in the Maiden Hurdle.

The six-year-old was second to Getabird on his previous start and readily dispatched his rivals under Robbie Power, making every yard and pulling a length and a quarter clear of Eagle Lion at the line.

Bilbo Bagins (9-2) defied top weight to land an incident-packed Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase for trainer Adrian Murray and jockey Paddy Kennedy.

Roger Loughran's decision to push Tom Foley's Goaheadmakemyday (4-1) clear on the turn for home worked well as she kept on to land the Leinster Leader Mares Handicap Hurdle.

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.