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Irish Mirror
Robert Hynes

Mark Walsh stood down for Punchestown Festival last day after fall

Mark Walsh will not ride at Punchestown on Saturday after being stood down for the day.

JP McManus' retained rider looked sore after parting company with So Scottish in the EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase on Friday and didn't take up the rest of his rides as a result.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board confirmed on Saturday afternoon that the jockey, who partnered Dinoblue to victory earlier in the week, would not ride for the rest of the meeting.

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It means that Epatante will now be partnered by Denis O'Regan in the Coolmore N.H. Sires Mogul Irish EBF Mares Champion Hurdle, while Donagh Meyler rides The Shunter in the Fitzwilliam Sports Handicap Hurdle.

Willie Mullins has dominated proceedings at Punchestown this week, but his son Patrick Mullins will not be among the jockeys in action on Saturday after giving up his rides due to being sore from parting company with Billaway in the Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Chase on Friday.

His absence sees Brian Hayes partner Brandy Love in the Mares Champion Hurdle, while Jodie Townend rides Sorrentino in the bumper.


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