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Punchestown reveal plans to cut prices

JUST over a week before their opening meeting of the winter, Punchestown Racecourse yesterday announced a significant reduction to their admission prices for the rest of the season.

Punchestown kick off a busy winter with a two-day fixture next week that features a Listed race and number of graded contests.

Entry to Punchestown will now cost racegoers just €10 at all meetings aside from the five-day National Hunt Festival at the end of April, which will be reduced to €20.

Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien's Cape Blanco has been retired to stud following his latest successful voyage to America over the weekend.

The colt sustained a knee injury during his victory in the Joe Hirsch Classic Invitational.

O'Brien's So You Think, who finished third in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, may well be kept in training as a six-year-old, after comments made by Tom Magnier yesterday.

Magnier, who is the head of Coolmore Australia and a son of the breeding supremo John, admitted So You Think has "shown no signs that he is ready to go to stud," and added: "We think the horse can keep winning Group One races."