Sunni May shines at Punchestown

Latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Punchestown as Sunni May continued his progression with an authoritative success.

Sunni May continued his progression with an authoritative success in the Ladies Free Admission On New Years Eve Rated Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Jessica Harrington's five-year-old was a smart bumper performer and was sent off the 2-1 favourite to build on his hurdling debut success at Cork last month.

He was left in front when early leader Lion In His Heart jumped left and eventually ran out around halfway, and Robbie Power slipped the field on the bend before coming home five and a half lengths to the good over Kalopsia.

Harrington said: "He'd very good form last year, and is fulfilling it now. He's going in the right direction and Robbie said he'd be better going left-handed.

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"He'll probably run at Christmas as they should have decent ground and he's not certain to go on very heavy ground. Two miles is his trip, although he may in time get two and a half."

Turcagua made all of the running to justify even-money favouritism in the Buy Your 2017 Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle.

Ruby Walsh dictated terms to suit himself on Willie Mullins' grey and did not have to engage top gear for his mount to stroll nine and a half lengths clear of Champagne Classic.

Mullins said: "The trip was no problem, and he can go further in trip. He's a fine, big chaser for the future. A clear passage today was a big help.

"He may run over Christmas, but we'll see how he comes out of it."

The Rich Ricci-owned winner was introduced at 25-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

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