Sunday 25 September 2016

Six Nations winning coach Joe Schmidt among the 16,000 punters on Day Two at Punchestown

Published 29/04/2015 | 20:05

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the Punchestown racecourse with forwards coach Simon Easterby and scrum coach Greg Feek, right
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the Punchestown racecourse with forwards coach Simon Easterby and scrum coach Greg Feek, right
Joe Schmidt at the second day of the Punchestown Festival
Joe Schmidt at the second day of the Punchestown Festival

Ireland's Six Nations winning coach Joe Schmidt was among the punters that passed through the turnstiles at the Punchestown racecourse for the second day of the horse-racing festival.

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Despite a mixed day on the weather front, more than 16,000 attended the seven-race card today, with the former Leinster coach in high spirits in Kildare today.

He was joined by other members of the Ireland management team including Simon Easterby and Greg Feek.

On the race track, Don Cossack looked every inch a future Cheltenham Gold Cup contender as he clinched the final success of a tremendous season in the Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup.

Joe Schmidt at the second day of the Punchestown Festival
Joe Schmidt at the second day of the Punchestown Festival

Trainer Gordon Elliott was unable to contain his excitement after his charge had won a Fairyhouse bumper almost three years ago, saying "if I was a horse I'd sleep with him, he's that good!"

Elsewhere, Killultagh Vic repelled the late thrust of Thistlecrack to claim the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend, while the trainer had further success in the Champion INH Flat Race.

For the fifth time in eight years, Mullins had the winner of the race as Bellshill ran out an emphatic winner under the trainer's son, Patrick.

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