Well, its Monday again unfortunately. But, we have just been subject to a wonderfully entertaining week of racing. Punchestown festival & Newmarket topping the bill. We have seen some of the classiest jump horses to take note for next season, & some we say goodbye to. We were also graced with supremely talented flat prospects who took to Newmarket in the 2000 & 1000 Guineas.
On Tuesday, Sizing Europe lined up for the last time. Closing his account with a touch of class. Hidden Cyclone travelled sweetly before making a mistake coming over the 5th, hampering Geraghty on Module. The Highlight of the day for me was seeing Faugheen in action. An admirable performance from the Mullins trained machine. Ruby really did make it seem like a walk in the park. Eased to the line with a stroke of the neck to indicate a job well done for the six year old.
It wasn't all good news for Mullins as, "wonder-mare" Quevega lined up for what looks like the last time. Available at even money, it seemed like she would make it the fifth consecutive win at Punchestown, but it wasn't to be. She still managed to dismiss the highly fancied, At Fishers Cross & Fingal Bay. Davey Russell managed to get 20/1 shot, Jetson to the line & hold off a late challenge from Quevega.
Hurricane fly set out to notch up another grade 1 in a three horse race against Jezki & Steps To Freedom. Hurricane Fly failed to reverse the Cheltenham form as Jezki proved too strong. No doubt time is beginning to take its toll on the 2mile superstar. It just so happens to be half brother & sister, Jetson & Jezki to stick a thorn in the Mullins side.
On to Saturday & highly publicised Kingman, drifted slightly before the off, with pundits unsure of how he would cope with the dry ground. Lots of support came in for the likes of O'Brien 's pair, War Command & Australia. Kingman did turn up & gave a gallant effort, but to no avail. Kingman was beaten on the line by the 40/1, Night Of Thunder, narrowly denying the favourite of the prestigious prize. The pack had split into two with Kingman & Night of thunder working from the same batch. As the finishing post loomed closer, Kingman pounced & looked like it was his for the taking. Night Of Thunder had taken centre stage & was covering turf like no tomorrow. A really impressive run with Fallon to get up and pip Kingman by half a length.