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Singing Banjo calls the tune again after Punchestown festival heroics

Singing Banjo (yellow with red cap): backed up his two Punchestown festival wins with a Wexford success
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Fresh from rattling off a memorable double over the banks at the Punchestown festival, Singing Banjo was again in fine voice to bring up a hat-trick in the concluding 3m1f handicap chase.

The Philip Rothwell-trained 11-year-old had to be brave to repel the challenge of An Droichead Gorm in the closing stages but found enough to score by half a length as the 11-4 joint-favourite.

The in-form veteran's victory was a real family success, ridden to victory by Barry Walsh, whose brother Aaron is involved in owning the winner and father John prepares him to run when competing in point-to-points.

Gin proves too good

Gin On Lime arrived from France with a pretty lofty reputation and could be set to live up to expectations over fences after making it two wins on the bounce in the 2m4f novice chase.

Trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden to victory by Rachael Blackmore in the colours of Robcour, the capable mare ran out a ready winner over Star Max as the 2-5 favourite and should be able to go on to better things in future.

The five-year-old is reportedly set to remain in action over the summer months.

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The Philip Rothwell-trained 11-year-old had to be brave to repel the challenge of An Droichead Gorm in the closing stages
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