Colreevy secures debut win over fences in Punchestown

A day at a National Hunt meeting in Punchestown has always been destined to bring a show or class and excitement and Colreevy was responsible for most of that excitement in the meeting as she was able to secure a winning debut over fences in the Ballymore Group Rated Novice Chase.

The Flynn-owned mare had to spend two campaigns in bumpers and was able to win three times, including a victory at the level Grade One with odds being covered by as punters made impressive earning. Her last season was over hurdles and she could only win once before making a debut over fences, which posed no problem to her, this season.

The Willie Mullins-trained mare cruised all through the race, which could be said to be impressive considering she was never alone for the lead. While being under jockey Paul Townend, who seemed to be cruising with, the seven-year-old mare took the lead and went on to win bridging a wide gap between her and the runner-up.

Due to Colreevy being a novice, she was handed the 12-1 odds for the new Mares’ Chase which will be held at the Cheltenham Festival this season.

Willie Mullins and Townend were able to mark another winning as Blue Lord also dropped an impressive winning start for the stable in the Hub at Ballymore Maiden Hurdle.

When the experienced sort was set right in front over the final flight, Julies Stowaway was sent off as the favorite. The one who prevailed as the winner, who also won a two-mile Flat maiden in France, later gained the lead and won by half a length.

The National Hunt Hurdle started with an unpredictable win for John Harrington-trained gelding Neverushacon in the Ballymore Group Risk Of Thunder Chase.

Neverushacon, who was the runner-up for the race last year on his debut with casino en ligne francais having tabled odds for punters at the time, returned for the race and, however, was able to jump over the 24th fence with great ease.

Paddy Kennedy, who was the jockey for the nine-year-old gelding, was quick to let the horse race past Ballyboker Bridge, who came in third for the last year’s race, so win by a wide margin.

The daughter of trainer Jessica, Kate Harrington said: “He seems to love the banks here at Punchestown. He has been second and won twice now. He had gone very high over fences and hurdles, so we decided last year to give him a go and he took to it like a duck to water.

“We were happy enough (coming here). Paddy said he took two blows on the way around, so there’s plenty more improvement in him. We had done as much as we could at home, we had been to the Curragh a few times and had a school here on Saturday.”