Kildare-based trainer Jessica Harrington enjoyed a fantastic treble in Punchestown on Wednesday evening as she landed winners in three of the four races in the middle of the card.
In the first meeting at the track since the Punchestown Festival, there were no winners for Willie Mullins and no runners from the yard of Gordon Elliott, making for a slightly unusual feel to proceedings. Harrington was the dominant trainer on the card however, and the Moone handler began by winning the La Touche Restaurant Novice Steeplechase with Light That, who was ridden to a half-length victory by Robbie Power.
Jockey Paddy Kennedy partnered Harrington's next winner, the 66/1 rank outsider Conron in the Kildare Hunt Club Maiden Hurdle. The longshot had never won under previous trainer Michael Halford, but Harrington said that she saw plenty of promise in him.
"I've always thought he was a really good horse and I was dying to run him on the Flat but he's only rated 34 and I couldn't get him into anything," she said.
"He was to run in Cork but he went ballistic in the box going down and trod on his shoe. He's actually still got staples in his forehead.
"I said we'd come here near home and he might get to the racecourse without committing suicide.
"I schooled him last week and he jumped wonderfully but I had no idea whether he'd stay.
The treble was completed for Harrington when 9/4 shot Holding Pattern won the 2m Maiden Hurdle under Robbie Power.
There were also good wins for Denise Marie O'Shea as Rachael Blackmore partnered Supreme Vinnie to victory in the first, while Spring Watch won the Handicap Hurdle for Tipperary trainer Mouse Morris.
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