'Super duper' vroum

Owner Rich Ricci gives his mare Vroum Vroum Mag a kiss after her win at Punchestown. Photo: Sportsfile

Niall Cronin

Vroum Vroum Mag was called a "super, super sub" by Dessie Scahill in commentary, her owner Rich Ricci went one step further with "super, duper sub" - call her what you like, she's an exceptionally talented mare who now boasts a Betdaq Champion Hurdle.

Earlier this season described as an ideal candidate for the Aintree Grand National, Vroum Vroum Mag went to Cheltenham and won the Grade One Mares' Hurdle in March and yesterday took the penultimate day feature over two miles and looks set to give trainer Willie Mullins plenty of race-planning headaches next season.

"We could go any route with her next year. She'd be quick enough to run in the Champion Hurdle or she could go over fences. She's so relaxed that she will stay as well. We've just climbed, climbed and climbed up the ladder with her.

"We'd intended to run her over three miles yesterday. But when Annie Power wasn't quite right we let her take her chance. We had her entered in everything and it was just the way things fell that she ran here."

It was a Grade One double for mares at Punchestown yesterday as Jer's Girl also took on the geldings and came out on top with a really impressive performance for a four-year-old against older horses.

A dream season for Gavin Cromwell could not have ended any better and she looks a high class filly to go to war with next season.

One of the best receptions of the week was kept for last night's finale when On The Fringe not only sent punters home happy, but also had trainer Enda Bolger in tears after he completed the Cheltenham/Aintree/Punchestown treble for the second season in a row.

JT McNamara won this same race on On The Fringe back in 2010 and 2012 and the trainer paid full tribute to his former rider.

The final race of the meeting is the 27th running of the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund Charity Race and this year it will see former Wexford dual star Redmond Barry take to the line-up to help raise valuable funds and raise awareness to carry a donor card.

Jamie Morris, son of trainer Mouse, is also one of the 25 riders taking part and he'll be also raising awareness of carbon-monoxide poisoning following the sad death of his brother, Tiffer, last year, so if you are racing make sure and get to the parade ring to offer support to that race which is due off at 6.40pm.