Published: Fri, April 29, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Winners cause upsets at Punchestown Festival

Winners cause upsets at Punchestown Festival

One of the biggest events in Ireland’s racing calendar has experienced a few surprises this week. The majority of the big races already run have been won by horses further down the odds, probably causing the bookmakers some real headaches in Ireland.

The biggest shock so far came during the festival’s Gold Cup. Before the race, there was a huge amount of money placed on Cue Card who was odds on favourite to win the race. Since winning the Betfred Bowl at Aintree there wasn’t much doubt in many betting fans minds that he wouldn’t win the race. But Cue Card shocked everyone as he was slow out of the gate and showed a lack of pace throughout the race, leaving too much of a gap to be able to close up on the field at the end. He could only manage fourth place and instead Carlingford Lough landed the victory.

The horse ridden by Barry Geraghty and trained by John Kiely is no stranger to success, as this was his fifth so far. He managed to beat off the other big names in the field including Djakadam who was second and Don Poli who could only manage third. The win could have caused a lot of upset for the bookmakers as many of the stalls taking bets on site had him at 10/1 to win. As this was the big race of the festival, despite his long odds he would have still attracted a lot of attention. Many people would have enjoyed even bigger returns watching at home as horse racing betting moves online many online bookmakers like Betway will often give you better odds than if you were at the track. At one point before the race Betway were offering odds of 12/1 on Carlingford Lough to win, which is much better than any of the bookmakers on site were offering. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can even take advantage of their free welcome bonus so it’s well worth checking out the site before the next races you go to.

The Gold Cup wasn’t the only race to cause a big shock during the festival. In the Champion Chase, the Willie Mullins trained horse Vautour was the big favourite to win. With odds of just 4/9 many people were expecting him to get back to his winning ways after a shock fall at the Melling Chase at Aintree. But in fact it was the horse that beat him in that race that beat him once again during this festival’s Champion Chase. Despite already beating Vautour earlier this season, God’s Own had odds of 9/1 at the start of the race but managed to beat his rival by two lengths.

Elsewhere in the festival Augusta Kate won a lot of money for her celebrity owners. The horse is owned by Newcastle legend turned football pundit Alan Shearer, golfer Lee Westwood and TV personalities Ant and Dec when she won during the second day of the Punchestown Festival. 

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