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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: 'Irish Triple Crown' worth exploring, says Punchestown chief

Posted: 14th Oct 2015

Don Cossack

Don Cossack: winner of Punchestown Gold Cup last season

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Punchestown open to Irish Triple Crown series

A TRIPLE Crown in Ireland similar to the £1 million series revived by Jockey Club Racecourses would be a welcome addition to the season according to Punchestown racing manager Richie Galway.

It was revealed on Tuesday that any horse who wins the Betfair Chase, William Hill King George VI Chase and Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same season would receive a £1m bonus for doing so.

The move mirrors Betfair's previous bonus for the races, which the mighty Kauto Star won in the 2006-07 season.

A series of races that culminated with a contest at the Punchestown festival is something that would be of benefit to the Irish jumps season in the view of Galway, although serious thought would be required to make the bonus both valuable enough and achievable.

'Love to see it'

He said: "[The Jockey Club series] worked previously with Kauto Star winning the Betfair bonus. It needs to be winnable, and Kauto showed it can be in Britain, and it needs to be valuable as the type of horse that would be going for it wouldn't be risked for a small return.

"We've looked at options but haven't come up with something that generates enough so far. We wouldn't mind doing something. I'd love to see if we could end up with one of our races at the festival because it is the end of the season and we could build towards it."

Speaking on At The Races, Galway added: "Anything that can have horses coming to our festival at the end of the season we would like to look at. A series that culminates in something at our festival would be interesting."

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