Sir Des Champs Wins Punchestown Gold Cup
Sir Des Champs won the Punchestown Gold Cup in a thrilling conclusion from the fast-finishing Long Run and First Lieutenant.
Jockey Davy Russell and Sir Des Champs made their move a long way from home and the seven-year-old had to show a great deal of determination and guts to hold on for his third Grade 1 victory.
Russell was delighted with Sir Des Champs and believes the gelding is good enough to go one better in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
“He had loads left over the last two fences today,” Russell said.
“His run at Cheltenham was great and he was only beaten in the last 100 yards so I wasn’t disappointed with him.
“I was impressed with the winner (Bobs Worth), but if that fellow stays at the same level and we improve, then you never know.”
Trainer Willie Mullins backed up Russell’s sentiments.
“The Hennessy and the Lexus are the top three chases in Ireland and he’s won two of them,” Mullins said.
“There’s no compensation for not winning the Gold Cup but he ran his heart out at Cheltenham and we’ll be back next year.”
In the Grade 1 World Series Hurdle Quevega took advantage of the late withdrawal of Solwhit to record her eighth straight victory.
Quevega never looked like losing and scored a comfortable five length win from Reve De Sivola to give trainer Willie Mullins another victory.
“We are not afraid to enter Quevega in the two-mile championship races, she has that much speed,” Mullins said.
“She is older and stronger and handles that ground better.”
Jockey Ruby Walsh credited the trainer and the quality of the horse for the mares amazing winning streak.
“She’s a brilliant little mare,” Walsh said.
“She has been exceptionally well placed and trained.
“She is the real deal.”
The final day of the Punchestown Festival takes place today and is headlined by the Champion Hurdle clash of Hurricane Fly and Rock on Ruby.
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