Farclas strikes Novice gold
Michael O'Leary's decision to withdraw from racehorse ownership was unsurprisingly the main topic of conversation at Punchestown yesterday evening, where O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud operation had a winner.
Farclas, which won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last year, is now two from two over fences since the turn of the season and afterwards Farclas' trainer Gordon Elliott was philosophical about the situation following the Novice Chase victory.
"One door closes and another door opens," Elliott said at Punchestown. "We are not finished yet and it's onwards and upwards."
Ruby Walsh feels that the writing was on the wall and that the impact of Gigginstown's winding down will be felt with immediate impact.
"It might take them four or five years to get out, but the ramifications will be felt as soon as this morning," said Walsh in his Paddy Power blog.