Third Punchestown Champion Stayers Hurdle for Klassical Dream


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Klassical Dream gained the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown this afternoon for the third 12 months in-a-row.

Ridden by Paul Townend, the nine-year-old held off the problem of Sire Du Berlais and Mark Walsh by a half size.

It was one other Grade 1 winner of the Pageant for profitable coach Willie Mullins due to the gelded son of Dream Properly.

It was a fourth Punchestown Pageant success in complete for the Joanne Coleman-owned bay, and his three triumphs on this race put him alongside Derrymoyle, who gained it 3 times in 4 seasons.

Sire Du Berlais was bidding to create historical past by finishing the Cheltenham-Aintree-Punchestown treble within the staying division.

Successful rider Paul Townend mentioned of Klassical Dream:

“He loves it right here. His file right here is superb. We simply held on. I used to be making an attempt to go away it late and I nonetheless managed to get there too quickly. He hasn’t had essentially the most easy of season and all credit score to Dave (Casey) and the gang at dwelling for getting him again right here in such good type on that little bit of good floor.”

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