Mikael banishes last fence demons
Mikael d'Haguenet clear at the last at Punchestown
(Healy Racing Photos)
Paul Townend made all on the talented eight-year-old gelding who is a multiple Grade 1 hurdle winner. A slow jump at the second last opened the door to his main market rival Lord Windermere (9/4), but a good leap at the last firmly closed the door.
“He did things nicely today and is getting his act together. He’ll probably go for a winners of one next as we are trying to build up his confidence and get him jumping well,” Willie Mullins said.
On his last appearance over course and distance he blundered badly at the last to lose all chance of winning so his supporters today had every right to be wary as he approached it clear again.
The odds were safely landed though by two and three parts of a length in the six-runner contest.
(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)
Incredible scenes at Cork as Tarla and Cnoc Seoda both fell at the last when disputing the spoils in the Grade 3 mares novice chase, thus handing the race to Great Oak.