The Connolly’s RED MILLS Amateur National for the Conyngham Cup was held at Punchestown on Saturday 10th January. What an exciting renewal of the 161 year old race this proved to be, with Portrait King and Declan Queally staying on strongly at the end for a very popular win.
Rogue Angel jumped off in front and soon opened up a big advantage between himself and his rivals, which he held for most of the race. From three out the favorite, On The Shannon, and Vasco Du Mee began to close. As they jumped the last Rogue Angel still held the lead, but they were all beginning to tire. This opened the door for Portrait King to stay on dourly for a five and a half length victory.
Winning trainer Maurice Phelan said, “He’s had a lot of problems and has done a tendon and two pelvises all on different occasions. He’ll come back here for the three-and-a-half mile race in about three weeks which he won previously, all he does is stay and gallop.”
Connolly’s RED MILLS supply winning trainer, Maurice Phelan, with a tonne of Horse Care 14 as part of the prize for winning this esteemed race.
To add further prestige to the race, Declan Queally will receive a specially commissioned David Trundly painting from the race. Trundley, who is a well renowned equine artist, will work on the piece for 15 weeks. It will be presented to Queally at the Punchestown festival in April.