Philip Rothwell's Singing Banjo bagged his second win at this year’s Punchestown Festival when coming home clear in a dramatic renewal of the Mongey Communications La Touche Cup Cross Country Chase.
Despite winning the Ladies Perpetual Cup on Tuesday, he was sent off at 33-1 under Barry Walsh, who steered clear of the carnage behind him.
Alpha Des Obeaux was carried out when there appeared to be a difference of opinion over which course to take, an incident which also saw Some Neck badly hampered.
Singing Banjo stayed on stoutly to beat 80-1 chance Michael’s Pick by three and a quarter lengths.
"I’d say Willie (Mullins) will be OK!" said Rothwell, celebrating his third winner of the week.
"It’s unbelievable, but as I said before it’s a family success and it’s all about the Walsh family.
"Aaron, Barry’s brother, owns him and their father John trains him for all the point-to-points, so this is just an honour for me.
"They have banks at home to school their horses and I’ve run them in the banks races for them for a number of years and we absolutely love it. We’ve been second so many times to some of Enda’s (Bolger).
"I always thought that he’d be better over four miles than three and I was questioning whether he should have run in the Ladies Cup the other day, so this is just marvellous."
Two days after winning the 3m Ladies Cup Singing Banjo strikes again in the 4m 2f La Touche Cup— RTÉ Racing (@RTEracing) April 29, 2021
Punchestown 4.15 result
1 Singing Banjo 33/1
2 Michael's Pick 80/1
3 Stand Up And Fight 13/8f
4 Major Destination 100/1
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Anthony Honeyball had gone close to a Punchestown Festival winner a couple of times in the past with his stable stalwart Regal Encore, but went one better with Sully D’Oc (6-1) in the Pigsback.com Handicap Chase.
Ridden by rising star of the weighing room Simon Torrens, the seven-year-old was proving his durability having run with credit at both Cheltenham and Aintree.
"He’s always been a lovely horse, but this season has made a man of him as he’s also done Cheltenham and Aintree," said Honeyball.
"Richie McLernon needs a mention as he’s done a lovely job with him. He ran well at Aintree and I thought coming here might freshen him up as he was on his way to Martinstown anyway.
"I mentioned the cheekpieces to Frank (Berry, racing manager for owner JP McManus) so we put them on – whether they made a difference, I don’t know.
"We’ve hit the bar here a few times with Regal Encore and Cresswell Breeze, so I’m delighted. Watching the way that race was run, I think we could be back in Ireland with him at some stage."
Jiving Jerry landed a gamble in the opening Specialist Joinery Group Handicap Hurdle for Cathal Landers and trainer James Barcoe.
Having been available at 20-1 overnight, he won by half a length at 11-2.
"That’s brilliant and the horse deserved it as he’s been very consistent all year. He’s an easy horse to train, he turns up," said Barcoe.
"That’s his third win and it’s for my most important owner, my wife, and it was my niece who led him up, so it’s great."