Seventh Grade 1 of the season for Robbie Power
Moynalvey man Robbie Power recorded his seventh Grade 1 success of the season at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival when he partnered the Colin Tizzard-trained Fox Norton to victory in the Boylesports Champion Chase.
Fox Norton overhauled the 10/11 Willie Mullins-trained favourite Un De Sceaux by a length and three quarters to win the feature €250,000 two-mile Grade 1 contest.
'It has been an unbelievable season and to get a Grade 1 here at Punchestown for Mr and Mrs Potts is just fantastic,' stated the Irish Grand National-winning jockey.
'Fox Norton needed to be brave. He was flat to the boards the whole way as I didn't want to give Un De Sceaux too much rope.
'Because of that, he made one or two little mistakes, but I knew when we turned in we would pick them up.
'He is going to be a hard horse to beat in the Ryanair Chase next season. He wants a trip - two miles is sharp enough for him and he is a very relaxed horse.
'He'll have no bother getting further. The King George could be a possibility but Mr and Mrs Potts have another horse for that race,' added the Meath jockey.