Punchestown Racing Report Card: A Champion Hurdle contender for Willie Mullins, a dual Champion Chaser winding back the years and a star in the making for Gordon Elliott

WHAT an opening day. Punchestown doesn’t often disappoint, but even for the track’s lofty standards Tuesday really flew high.

We’ve picked out some moments you may have missed on a Tuesday to remember.Racing Report Card

A future Champion Hurdler? 📈

KLASSICAL DREAM looked something special when bolting up in the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham and he confirmed that impression with an easy victory in the opening Grade 1 of the Festival.

Settled in second under an ultra-confident Ruby Walsh, he pounced on long-time leader Felix Desjy rounding the home turn – and was immediately away and gone.

He could be destined for the very top and bookmakers have already shortened him into 6-1 for next year’s Champion Hurdle.

A chaser of a lifetime 🏇

Every year people decry his talent, and every year UN DE SCEAUX proves them wrong.

At the grand old age of 11, the veteran superstar showed the youthful Min a clean pair of heels in the Champion Chase, seeing him off fair and square for his second straight victory in the race.

It was a performance suggesting he’s lost none of his ability – and it would be no surprise to see connections return for another crack next year.

A coming-of-age 🔭

DELTA WORK produced a massive performance to land the Champion Novice Chase in effortless fashion.

Conditions may have been dreadful, but that didn’t stop Davy Russell’s mount, who cruised into contention and won on the bridle.

A performance like that makes you wonder how he got beaten at Cheltenham – and how much he has left to offer next year.


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