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Punchestown Report: Festival absentee Energumene bolts up in County Kildare

Energumene missed the Cheltenham Festival but scored a bloodless success at Punchestown on Thursday

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Energumene ridden by Paul Townend clears a fence on their way to winning the Patrick Ward & Co. Solicitors Irish Arkle Novice Chase during day one of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Picture date: Saturday February 6, 2021.

Energumene put behind the disappointment of a highly anticipated Arkle clash with Shishkin last month when winning the Ryanair Novice Chase on day three of the Punchestown Festival.

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Handler Willie Mullins claimed five more victories on the card, taking his tally to 13 for the meeting thus far.

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins has won 13 of the 24 contests at the Punchestown Festival so far

Recent Grade 1 successor and stable-mate Janidil was simply no match for Paul Townend’s mount, who ensured his campaign as a novice chaser would be an unbeaten one.

WATCH: ENERGUMENE EASILY LANDS THE RYANAIR NOVICE CHASE AT PUNCHESTOWN [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The Denham Red gelding was last seen taking the spoils at Leopardstown and duly secured another top-level success in County Kildare on Thursday evening.

Energumene wins the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown in February 2020
Energumene is now a duel Grade 1 winner as a chaser following his easy Punchestown victory

Earlier in the card, former Supreme hero Klassical Dream made a winning return to the track in sumptuous style under Patrick Mullins, in what was his first run over three-miles and a first reappearance to the racecourse since December 2019.

He saw off stable-mate James Du Berlais, with Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle runner-up from last year Ronald Pump in third.

WATCH: KLASSICAL DREAM SAUNTERS TO SUCCESS IN THE CHAMPION STAYERS HURDLE AT THE PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]
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Despite failing to fire in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Prestbury Park, Gauloise bounced back to form at Fairyhouse earlier this month and went one better in the Listed contest in Punchestown, finishing convincingly clear of Joseph O’Brien’s Global Equity.

Gauloise was no match for Skyace at Fairyhouse but boosted her rivals form at the Punchestown Festival yesterday evening

Closutton’s domination of the fixture continued as Dysart Dynamo won the Grant Thornton (C&G) Flat Race and Capodanno secured the Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle.

Runners and riders at Punchestown Racecourse
The final two days of the Punchestown Festival take place on Friday and Saturday, respectively

Sully D’oc AA ensured a second British trained representative landed a victory across the Irish Sea for Anthony Honeyball, with Jiving Jerry and Sining Banjo winning the other two contests.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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