Fantastic treble with Harry, Minella and Wren
We are running out of superlatives to describe Unowhatimeanharry whose narrow victory in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday was the highlight of a brilliant day for the team.
Minella Awards then gave us a rapid double at the track in the following £35,400 three mile handicap hurdle.
With Cockney Wren winning a mares' bumper at Taunton a little earlier we enjoyed a memorable treble achieved on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Unowhatimeanharry has now won nine of his ten starts since we bought him privately in the summer two years ago.
He has taken us to unbelievable heights and in beating Nichols Canyon in a nail-biting photo finish at Punchestown he was setting the record straight after running below expectations when only third in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.
Unowhatimeanharry travelled notably well in a slowly run race on Thursday with the result that Noel Fehily felt he had no option other than to take up the running much earlier than he had wished or planned.
The beauty about having a jockey of Noel's experience is that he knows instinctively what to do and is not afraid to do it.
There was fully eighteen lengths back to the third finisher and neither horse deserved to lose.
It was fantastic to have a big winner at the Punchestown Festival for JP McManus who is such a massive supporter of jump racing.
Minella Awards then completed an unforgettable forty minutes for the team. He has taken time to come right this season but has flourished in recent weeks in the warmer weather and clearly appreciated the step up to three miles for the first time.
We deliberately side-stepped Cheltenham and Aintree with Minella Awards who was almost brought down by an early faller on Thursday and being lightly raced has the scope to progress again next season.
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