Gallant Maple Mons Lands Down Royal Hunter Chase
Maple Mons proved her undoubted toughness when running out a comfortable winner of the Daily Mirror Hunter Chase at Down Royal on St. Patrick’s Day.
Ridden patiently throughout the early exchanges and allowing the front-running Theatre One and Howwouldsheno to race 15-lengths clear of the main grouping, David Christie’s chestnut mare steadily reduced the defecit along the back straight in company with her main market rival Quiet Account.
Once dispensing of the two front runners earlier in the home straight, the two market principals soon eased clear and settled down to decide the outcome between them.
Declan Lavery aboard the favourite was the first to ask his mount to try and quicken, which she duly responded ensuring that Quiet Account came under pressure at the penultimate fence.
Soon gaining the upper hand, the nine-year-old Great Exhibition mare race clear to run out a seven-length winner over the Colin McBratney-trained Quiet Account.
Hasty Times rallied in the final quarter of a mile to take third at the expense of Howwouldsheno.
The victory was a second Hunter Chase success of the season for Maple Mons having won a Hunter Chase at Wexford in March.
A 12-page P2P pullout features in this week's Irish Field
alongside all of the Punchestown reaction
Graham McKeever's charge out-battled the Philip Hobbs-trained
Mendip Express to win the Champion Hunter Chase
Quakerstown P2P winner Bacardys led home a 1-2-3 for Irish
Point-to-Point graduates in the valuable contest.
The Mark Fahey-trained Das Mooser ran out an impressive winner of
the opening race on day four of the Punchestown festival.
Pop The Champers bids for a three-timer for the in-form Denis
Murphy at Dawstown on Monday.
Slainte And Thanks makes plenty of appeal if lining up in the
Oriel House Hotel mares maiden at Curraheen on Sunday.
RTE are set to broadcast their feature from Inch P2P during
Friday's racing coverage from Punchestown.
Land Rover Bumper Winner Vision Des
Flos was the star attraction at
a record breaking Punchestown Sale
Online entry for Taylorstown, Grennan &
Rathcannon is now open.
Treo Eile put in a gutsy performance to win the
The La Touche Cup on day three of the
Bichester Office Park have been announced for the popular event
at Kingston Blount in late May.
Sliabh Mhuire Lass looking to improve on recent second if lining
up at Loughrea on Sunday.
The Dark Horse Wine Bar Hunter Chase at Down
Royal has attracted nine entries, click to view....
Click here to view the Going Update for this weekends fixtures at
Lisronagh, Broughshane, Loughrea, Curraheen & Dawstown.
Wandering Aengus looking to make it back-to-back wins if lining
up at Lisronagh on Saturday.
Entries for the Downpatrick
Hunters Chase on May 05th close at 12 noon Monday
01st May, click for conditions.
Entries for the Ascot June Sale close on Monday 15th May 2017.
RACE organise a point-to-point race- riding skills course for
Cavite Beta goes in search of a fourth straight victory at
Broughshane on Saturday.
Cheltenham Festival winning jockeys Lisa O'Neill & Jamie Codd
lead the Irish teams for next month's contest.
Franco Hughes will be represented on-track at Largy on Saturday
with all the off-course racing action.
No fewer than 12 Irish Pointers realised 100,000 pounds at
Thursday evening's sale with five selling for 200,000 pounds
The point to point track at Dawstown will be spiked and
Templemore P2P cancelled also new date change
for the Galway Blazers P2P at Loughrea.
Click here to view the 2017 Spring Point to Point fixure list
which has just been released.
The BHA have released their eligibility rules for 2017 British
Hunter Chases which can be viewed here.