21/04/2022. Mondo Ippico Internazionale: Goffs Punchstown Sale – Racing Post, Jessica Harrington Stable Tour, Fairyhouse Easter Festival click to watch


Goffs Punchestown Sale: A Focus on Quality


The Goffs Punchestown Sale, to be held after racing next Thursday 28 April, was the first sale of its kind to be held in a parade ring at a major racing festival.  With numbers strictly limited it always catalogues lots of a certain quality, and the headline horse among its graduates is undoubtedly Honeysuckle, the dual Champion Hurdler.
All of last Sunday’s winners of the Irish 4yo gelding Maidens are entered in the Punchestown Sale, as well as winners from the previous Sunday including the pick of that weekend’s performers, the exciting Castleward.

Entries received so far include:

  • THE GOONER (4yo g Flemensfirth)
    • Won 4yo Maiden on debut, 17 April, Curraghmore (M. Flynn O’Connor)
  • FORTUNATE SOLDIER (4yo g Soldier of Fortune)
    • Won 4yo Maiden on debut, 17 April, Oldcastle (L. Kenny)
  • FOREVER WALKING (4yo g Walk In The Park)
    • Won 4yo Maiden on debut, 17 April, Quakerstown (P. Doyle)
  • BOP BOP BOBBIN (4yo f Milan)
    • Won 4yo Mares Maiden, 10 April, Tattersalls (H. Dunne)
  • CASTLEWARD (5yo g Notnowcato) 
    • Won 5yo Maiden, 10 April, Dromahane (C. Bowe)
  • BILL JACK (4yo g Shantou)
    • Runner up 4yo Maiden on debut, 17 April,  Curraghmore (D. Queally)
  • PORTER IN THE PARK (5yo m Walk In The Park)
    • Won Mares Maiden, 3 April, Castletown Geoghegan (M. Fahey)

The catalogue will be online later on Monday afternoon and wild cards may be accepted up to the day of the sale.  



Flat Stable Tours


With the Flat season underway, Racing Post journalists have been visiting some of the top yards across Britain and Ireland to bring you our Flat Stable Tours series.


The Guineas at Newmarket are just over a week away, the Oaks and Derby are just around the corner and it’s only two months until Royal Ascot!


Get the lowdown on all the big names ahead of the key meetings and make sure you stay ahead of the field this Flat season.


Read our full series online, exclusive to Members’ Club Ultimate subscribers.


Jessica Harrington Stable Tour preview


‘She goes for the Guineas – and everything’s gone to plan so far’


These are hugely exciting times at Jessica Harrington’s Commonstown base.


New seasonal-best tallies have been set in each of the last four Flat campaigns, with the dual-purpose powerhouse edging ever closer to a first triple-digit return after sending out 87 winners last term (and 91 for the calendar year).


Classic dreams are well and truly alive with the beautifully bred Discoveries, who will bid to provide Harrington with a first British Classic in next month’s Qipco 1,000 Guineas.


She looks the ace three-year-old in the pack, while there is also a solid squad of older horses to fly the flag in premier handicaps, Listed and Group contests.


Throw in a string of 75 two-year-olds, many of whom are bred in the purple, and 2022 has the makings of a big year for a team going from strength to strength.



Older horses


Admiralty Place

  • Four-year-old gelding by Territories (sire) out of Imperialistic (dam)
  • Owner: Theresa Marnane
  • Form: 0/3-3
  • Racing Post Rating 95 Official Rating 83

We’ll look towards some premier handicaps with him. I was delighted with his first start for us at the Curragh [when third] on only the third run of his career. I think he’ll be a nice horse going forward. I’m learning about him but I’d imagine he’ll be going seven furlongs.


  • 6g Pedro The Great – Breizh Touch
  • Zhang Yuesheng
  • 030136-
  • RPR 113 OR 107

He was a bit of a revelation last year, winning the Irish Cambridgeshire before finishing third at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend. He might be a bit between a rock and a hard place because he’s rated 107. He’s not an overly big horse either, so we’ll just see how he goes.


2022 Easter Festival Highlights