Punchestown Festival 2021
Rejuvenated Stormy Ireland gained a first Grade 1 success at Punchestown today, landing the Coolmore Irish EBF Mares Champion Hurdle for trainer Willie Mullins and his nephew jockey Danny Mullins.
Jeff Kidder caused another upset today as March's 80/1 Fred Winter Hurdle winner defeated the Triumph Hurdle horses to land Punchestown's Grade 1 Ballymore Champion 4YO Hurdle at odds of 22/1, much to the relief of his trainer Noel Meade.
The winners of four of the six championship categories were only confirmed at Punchestown this week and for the first time, a brother and sister are among the title winners as Paul Townend retains his Champion Jockey crown and Jody becomes Champion Lady Amateur Rider.
Carrarea's win in the concluding Buggyman (Pro-Am) Bumper at Punchestown today had the hallmarks of a well-executed coup as the Emmet Mullins trained newcomer scored for jockey Philip Byrnes.
Pure Bliss was the third English trained winner of the week at Punchestown today as the Harry Fry trained mare landed the Colm Quinn BMW Group (Mares) Handicap Hurdle under jockey Mark Walsh.