Labaik to skip Aintree sale and heads to Punchestown

Posted: 5th April 2017

Labaik to skip Aintree sale and heads to Punchestown

Posted: 5th Apr 2017

Labaik to skip Aintree sale and heads to Punchestown

Labaik, 25-1 winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month, will not be part of the Goffs UK sale at Aintree on Thursday and will instead head to Punchestown for tyhe Grade 1 Herald Novice Hurdle on day one.

The Gordon Elliott-trained six-year-old is to be aimed at the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown festival on April 25.

Bloodstock agent Aidan 'Mouse' O'Ryan, part-owner of Labaik, said on Tuesday: "We have decided not to send Labaik to the sale, and Punchestown is now the plan."

Labaik, who has refused to race on a few occasions, was on his best behaviour at Cheltenham and landed the festival opener by two and a half lengths under Jack Kennedy. He provided the perfect start to the meeting for Elliott, who took the trainers' crown at the meeting on countback from Willie Mullins.