WHAT an incredible week of racing at the 2021 Punchestown Festival. It was such a relief to be able to stage this year’s racing, and even having it behind closed doors could not take away from the quality of the event. There was much to celebrate, and no one did so more often than Willie Mullins.

The final two days of the meeting saw four Grade 1 races held, and the score, on the breeding front, read two wins for France, one each for Britain and Ireland. Without doubt, and no matter how one looks at it, the show was stolen by the queen of National Hunt racing, Honeysuckle.