Prince Garyantle claims surprise success on day two at Punchestown

Matthew Smith’s 25-1 shot takes opening honours

  • Wednesday 25 April
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Prince Garyantle ran his rivals into the ground with a game all-the-way performance to cause a 25-1 upset in the Adare Manor Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown.

Adam Short had no stamina concerns on the Matthew Smith-trained eight-year-old, who kept up the gallop and his advantage over the opposition.

Prince Garyantle came home virtually unchallenged by eight and a half lengths from Sophie Leech’s British raider Man Of Plenty. Killaro Boy, the gamble of the race, was a further four and a half lengths away in third and Nobody Home was fourth.

Smith said: “I was a little bit worried that fitness might catch him out as it is six months since he ran. I’m delighted as they are a sound bunch of lads that own him.

“He was entered in a couple of races (here this week), but he wouldn’t have got into the other races so I had this in mind.

“He’ll be on the go now for the summer. We said we’d see what happened today but the plan was to go chasing and he could run on the Flat as well.

“He won in Tramore and Kilbeggan last year before improving a lot to win by 23 lengths at Clonmel and he’s after improving again. He keeps surprising me.”

Paul Townend and Willie Mullins got off the mark on day two of the Festival as Pravalaguna (11-4) claimed the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle.

The six-year-old previously finished fourth at Fairyhouse but she showed her rivals a clean pair of heels with an eight-length verdict over Not Many Left.

Mullins said: “She is a good mare and has been a bit unlucky, but that was a nice race to win with her.”

Townend added: “She did it very well. She travelled great and jumped super. It’s nice to get one on the board.

“I was going that well I was able to sit and wait for it (the split) to come. I couldn’t believe how well I travelled into the race to be honest.”

After taking out the three Grade One events on the day with Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle winner Next Destination, Punchestown Gold Cup hero Bellshill and Champion Bumper scorer Tornado Flyer, Mullins added a fifth winner as Patricks Park claimed a narrow verdict in the Guinness Handicap Chase.

With Townend doing the steering, the 11-2 chance travelled strongly to the lead and held a narrow advantage when his nearest pursuer Blast Of Koeman made a terrible mistake at the final fence.

Phillip Enright performed miracles to keep the partnership intact and rallied Blast Of Koeman despite losing his irons, but they were narrowly beaten at the line.

Oscar Knight and the Mullins-trained Polidam finished third and fourth respectively.

Colreevy rounded off Mullins’ day in style as she made it a six-timer in the Grade Three Weatherbys General Stud Book Irish EBF Mares Flat Race.

Partnered by Patrick Mullins, Colreevy could be called the winner from a distance out as she made smooth progress before being switched to challenge in the straight.

Black Tears tried to go with the 7-4 favourite, but she had no reply as Colreevy came home a clear-cut winner.

Prince Garyantle claims surprise success on day two at Punchestown
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