punchestown 28th Apr
China Rock made his second appearance at this year's Punchestown Festival a winning one as he sprang a 20-1 surprise in the thetote.com Punchestown Gold Cup.
The return of blinkers worked the oracle for Hisaabaat in the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle, the second Grade One on the card.
Andrew Lynch sent him to the front at the last and that is where he stayed, although he had to fend off challenges from Ut De Sivola and Wingtips for his half-length victory. Favourite Balder Succes unseated Robert Thornton at the first.
Foildubh gamely landed the Guinness Handicap Chase from Carrigmartin. A mistake at the last allowed the eventual runner-up back into the race, but Paul Carberry quickly got the 9-2 chance going again and the pair got up with half a length to spare.
Carberry completed a double in the ITBA Fillies Scheme EBF Mares Hurdle with a beautifully-timed ride on Mae's Choice (33-1), who reeled in Gorgeous Sixty in the dying strides for a three-quarter-length verdict.
The customary Willie Mullins winner came in the Setantabet.com Handicap Hurdle courtesy of Drive Time (10-1), who overcame stablemate Marito by three-quarters of a length in an exciting finish to the Festival.
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