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Offaly Syndicate Land 30,000 Euro Punchestown Festival Prize

Willie Mullins reigned supreme on day one at Punchestown.

There'll be serious celebrations in Ferbane tonight as a local syndicate of 15 people scooped the 30,000 euro winning pot.

The Whitegrass Racing syndicate as they're known were meant to have two runners in the race but their second chance Getaway Gorgeous had to be withdrawn before the race got underway.

Ridden by Conor McNamara and trained by Willie Mullins, the 6 year-old Jazzaway got the better of 22/1 shot Call Me Lyreen in a photo finish.

Jazzaway went off a cracking price of 10/1.

It was his fourth win from eight races under rules on his first run since finishing second to Cheltenham Festival winner Mrs Milner at the Galway Festival last July. 

Overall trainer Willie Mullins claimed all three Grade Ones on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. 

Paul Townend capped his return from injury by guiding favourite Chacun Pour Soi to victory in the day’s feature - the William Hill Champion Chase. 

The Rachael Blackmore mount of Allaho was five-and-a-half lengths back in second.

7-to-1 shot Colreevy upset the favourites to win the Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase under jockey Davy Mullins.

Envoi Allen was pulled up by Blackmore before the second-last. 

While Patrick Mullins rode odds-on favourite Echoes in Rain to victory in the eCOMM Merchant Solutions Champion Novice Hurdle. 



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