Carlo Biraghi put in a good performance on his hurdling debut, running out a comfortable winner of the Introducing Racing TV Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown on Monday for owners Mrs E Irwin and Mrs John Magnier.
Successful first time out at the Curragh in May, the chestnut gelding came through to lead before the last under Danny Mullins, and despite edging left before that flight, he was soon straightened up, staying on strongly to win by 7½ lengths.
“I thought he was going to run out at the last but he jumped quite well up to that. We won’t go to the Dublin Racing Festival because it’s a bit too close, and we’ll get another run into him before Cheltenham or Aintree or one of the Festivals.
“We will mix it over the summer with the Flat, and he could go for something like a Chester Cup or the Ebor.
“He stays well and will gallop all day. He settled quite well because in Leopardstown one day he ran quite keen and I was a bit worried in case we would light him up.” Fozzy Stack