THE Punchestown Festival continues with another bumper day of action with Day Two on Wednesday.
It was an opening day filled with plenty of thrills and spills at the Kildare festival which runs from Tuesday to Saturday.
Action from the opening day at Punchestown
Paul Townend after winning the Champion Chase
Some of the biggest names in horse racing will be in action across the week with many superstars looking to back up big wins at Cheltenham.
While thousands of punters are expected to flock to Naas over the week as the festival welcomes crowds back for the first time since 2019.
There will be eight races in total taking place on the second day of the festival with the action getting underway at 3.40 pm.
The Punchestown Gold Cup is the feature race of the day and it gets underway at 5.55 pm.
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The action comes to a close on Day Two with the eighth and final race of the day coming at 7.45 pm.
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We will have live coverage of every single race from across the week right here so stay tuned for all of the action from Punchestown.
You can also watch a number of races from the opening day on RTE 2 and available to stream on the RTE Player with their coverage getting underway at 4.00 pm.
Following a steward’s review, Fils D’oudairies has been awarded second place in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle, with Classic Getaway dropped to third.
Next up is the Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle at 5.20
The Nice Guy is favourite for this one at a current price of 15/8 for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins.
Fresh off a disappointing conclusion to the 4.45, Rachael Blackmore will be hoping to rebound on boar Journey With Me at 13.2.
- The Nice Guy – Paul Townend & Willie Mullins
- Minella Cocooner – Danny Mullins & Willie Mullins
- Minella Crooner – Jack Kennedy & Gordon Elliott
- Journey With Me – Rachel Blackmore & Henry De Bromhead
- Hallow Games – Davy Russell & Gordon Elliott
- Bardenstown Lad – Brian Hayes & John McConnell
- Bronn – Daryl Jacob & Willie Mullins
- Meet And Greet – Barry Browne & Oliver McKiernan
- Daily Present – Sean O’Keeffe & Paul Nolan
- Ramillies – Bryan Cooper & Willie Mullins
- Good Time Jonny – Kevin Sexton & AJ Martin
- Crosshill (8/1)
- Classic Getaway (5/1)
- Fils D’oudairies (11/8)
WHAT A FINISH – AGAIN!
Largy Debut drops all the way back as Fils D’oudairies takes the lead.
Classic Getaway takes the lead over the final hurdle but for a late charge from Crosshil to pinch it at the end!
Blackmore still leads Fils D’oudairies and Indiana Jones as they approach the sixth.
Largy Debut leads over the second hurdle for Rachael Blackmore!
And they’re off in the hotel hurdle following a long delay
Jockey Mike O’Connor is being treated just off the track following his fall in the previous race
There are worse ways to spend a hen do.
Bride to be Chloe Hitchen, right, and fellow Hen do member Laura Johnson, centre, both from Cheshire in England, celebrate a winner in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final during day two of the Punchestown FestivalCredit: Sportsfile
Next up is the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle at 4.45
Fils D’oudairies is the bookies favourite for this one at 7/4 for Nicky Henderson, although Willie Mullins will fancy his chances of bagging a winner with THREE runners.
Keep an eye on Largy Debut at 14/1, with Rachael Blackmore on board!
- Fils D’oudairies – Nico de Boinville & Nicky Henderson
- Ganapathi – Paul Townend & Willie Mullins
- Classic Getaway – Danny Mullins & Willie Mullins
- Gibraltar – Sean O’Keeffe & Willie Mullins
- Crosshill – Robbie Power & Jessica Harrington
- Champagne Gold – Aidan Coleman & Henry de Bromhead
- Merlin Giant – Brian Hayes & Emmet Mullins
- Indiana Jones – Darragh O’Keeffe & Mouse Morris
- Largy Debut – Rachael Blackmore & Henry de Bromhead
A stunning late charge from Ambitious Fellow to bag a big win at 40/1.
- 1st – Ambitious Fellow (40/1)
- 2nd – Rebel Ivy (14/1)
- 3rd – The Road to Fame (33/1)
WHAT A FINISH!
A dramatic conclusion sees a heavy fall from Mike O’Connor off John Cannon over the second to last as Rebel Ivy surges into the front.
Ambitious Fellow makes a late charge down the final strait and looks to have just about edged it by a nose.
Favourite Freedom to Dream has closed the gap on Vinnie Is Busy and Camino Rock in front.
Camino Rock takes the third and fourth hurdle better than the leader and takes the lead!
Vinnie Is Busy leads over the opening two hurdles
AND THEY’RE OFF in the 4.15!
There was a heavy delay preceding the opening race and there is another one here!
Full lineup of runners for the 4.15:
- Freedom to Dream – Kevin Sexton & Peter Fahey
- Glengouly – Paul Townend & Willie Mullians
- Sam’s Choice – Davy Russell & Gordon Elliott
- I A Connect – AP Heskin & Gordon Elliott
- Rebel Ivy – Shane O’Callghan & J Motherway
- John Cannon – Mike O’Connor & Joseph G Murphy
- Vinnie Is Busy – Phillip Enright & Charles Byrnes
- Winding River – Barry Browne & Oliver McKiernan
- Ambitious Fellow – Sam Ewing & Peter Fahey
- Peaceful Sunday – Daryl Jacob & S R B Crawford
- The Road to Fame – Darragh Meyler & Eoin Doyle
- Camino Rock – Ricky Doyle & M F Morris
Next up is the 4.15 Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final
Gordon Elliott, fresh off four winners yesterday, has two runners in this one.
16 March 2022; Trainer Gordon Elliott celebrates after sending out Delta Work to win the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo by Seb Daly/SportsfileCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription
Henry De Bromhead gets the win in the first race, looked under pressure from the favourite Thanksforthehelp at the last fence but found the extra gear to power home to win.
LIFE IN THE PARK DOES IT!
Life in the Park holds off the challenge of Rock Road and Thanksforthehelp.
TWO FROM HOME
Life in the Park moves up to challenge!
FOUR FROM HOME
Into the final mile of the race and there’s been no real movement in the pack, Midnight It Is still leading.
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