Raider’s revenge at Punchestown Festival Gold Cup

THE brilliant success of Irish raiders who crossed the sea to Cheltenham and Aintree in the UK suffered a table-turning at the Punchestown Festival in Kildare Ireland when jockey Sam Twiston-Davies rode Clan Des Obeaux ahead of the injured Gold Cup favourite Envoi Allen.

Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and Clan Des Obeaux won the Punchestown Festival Gold Cup

It was later discovered that the Irish racehorse trained by Henry de Bromhead had suffered a chipped bone, the injury likely responsible for clearing the way for raiders revenge at the main attraction of the National Hunt season finale last month, concluding on 1 May.

Jockey Patrick Mullins and Klassical Dream, winners of the Champion Stayers Hurdle

Twiston-Davies in for side-lined English jockey Harry Cobden outran the favoured Al Boum Photo over three miles, 120 yards in the Grade 1 race to win the Punchestown Festival prize.

Chacun Pour Soi was steered by jockey Paul Townend to when the Champion Chase

“An Irish Gold Cup!,” said Sam Twiston-Davies when he spoke to Irish racing commentators just after winning the Gold Cup. “It’s a bit childish but it is stuff that dreams are made of, coming over here and you are always a little bit wary. I didn’t know the track that well and pressing that little bit harder is how you know you can get away with it.”

Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore was back with Honeysuckle to win the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival

The Punchestown Festival opened with Chacun Pour Soi back to his brilliant best to land the William Hill Champion Chase. Later in the festival the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle was won by Klassical Dream, ad Rachael Blackmore was back on Honeysuckle to conclude their unbeaten National season in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle.

It was Jeff Kidder with jockey Sean Flanagan aboard to wrap up wins at the Punchestown Festival

The season wrapped up with Sean Flanagan on Jeff Kidder winning the Ballymore Festival Family Day.


Tags: Punchestown #irishnationalhunt #raiders #irishgoldcup

Image credits: Sky Sports

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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