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Champion National Hunt Jockey Paul Townend and Champion Female Amateur Jockey Jody Townend celebrate with their trophies before racing on day five of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare. Photo by Sportsfile

Champion National Hunt Jockey Paul Townend and Champion Female Amateur Jockey Jody Townend celebrate with their trophies before racing on day five of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare. Photo by Sportsfile

Champion National Hunt Jockey Paul Townend and Champion Female Amateur Jockey Jody Townend celebrate with their trophies before racing on day five of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare. Photo by Sportsfile

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Champion trainer Willie Mullins made a storming start to the week at Punchestown with five consecutive winners as the festival got underway on Tuesday. His winners were ridden by five different jockeys and not surprisingly Paul and Jody Townend were among them.

Paul Townend returned from injury with a winner on his first ride as the mighty Chacun Pour Soi bounced back to winning ways in the two-mile Champion Chase. The strong 6/5 favourite skipped clear after the third last fence and comfortably accounted for his own stable companion Allaho by five and a half lengths.

Jody Townend again showed that she is very much a jockey for the big occasion when landing the Goffs Land Rover Bumper on 5/1 chance Adamantly Chosen in the colours of the Watch This Space Syndicate.

A Grade 1 double for the Mullins yard was completed with the Danny Mullins-ridden Colreevy made all the running to inflict a first defeat on Paul Townend-ridden Monkfish in the three-mile Champion Chase, the 7/1 chance winning by all of eight lengths from the 10/11 favourite.

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On Wednesday, Paul Townend inched closer to retaining his jockeys' championship with an impressive success on the Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs in the Grade 1 Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle over three-miles.

The five-year-old added to his Cheltenham Festival handicap hurdle success with a 12-length win over the Mouse Morris-trained Gentlemansgame.

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Suprise Package, with Darragh O’Keeffe up, clears the last on their way to winning the Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final during day two of the Punchestown Festival

Suprise Package, with Darragh O’Keeffe up, clears the last on their way to winning the Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final during day two of the Punchestown Festival

Suprise Package, with Darragh O’Keeffe up, clears the last on their way to winning the Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final during day two of the Punchestown Festival

Jockey Darragh O'Keeffe linked up with local trainer Peter Fahey to win the Connolly's Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final with the Paul Leech-owned Surprise Package. The improving five-year-old scored a six-length win at odds of 14/1, racing clear over the final flight to account for the Tom Mullins-trained It could Be You in great style.

It was a 44th winner of the season for the Doneraile jockey who enjoyed a breakthrough Grade 1 success on the Henry De Bromhead-trained A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.

Paul Townend weighed in with two more winners on Thursday as Willie Mullins again dominated with five. Townend took the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase on the hugely impressive Energumene which made all the running at odds of 2/5 favourite to beat his own stable companion Janidil by all of 16 lengths. There was a 10-length winning margin as Townend took the listed mares' novice hurdle on 7/4 favourite Gauloise, the five-year-old building on a fine effort behind Skyace at the Fairyhouse Easter festival. It was the champion jockey's 99th winner of the season.

Townend made it 100 for the season when gaining a second Grade 1 success on the Mullins-trained Gaillard Du Mesnil in the two and a half-mile champion novice hurdle on Friday. The 1/2 favourite eventually got the better of the Jessica Harrington-trained Ashdale Bob by two and a quarter lengths.

Brian Hayes helped Willie Mullins to reach an all-time best tally of 19 winners at the festival when taking the Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase on the 14/1 chance Brahma Bull.

The 10-year-old battled well from the second last fence to win by a neck from the Philip Dempsey-trained Ten Ten, Mullins second last winner of the week. In all, 11 different jockeys rode winners for the champion trainer as he saddled 19 winners for 14 different owners.

Wayne Lordan gave Meath's Jack Davison the greatest day of his training career when partnering Mooneista won the Listed Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Woodlands Stakes at Naas on Monday. The three-year-old, running in the colours of the trainer's mother Paula, was sent off at 17/2 and scored a three-parts of a length win over the Ado McGuinness-trained Harry's Bar. It was Lordan's third winner of the season.


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