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It was good to end a challenging season on a bright note with the spirited success of Pure Bliss in the colours of the Jago and Allhusen families on the final day of the Punchestown Festival.
I have had the Colm Quinn BMW Group Mares Handicap Hurdle earmarked for her for a long time. It is a new race with a limited ratings band that looked ideal for Pure Bliss at a time when other options at home were ruled out by the dry spell over the past six weeks.

I am delighted that our plan came off because we bought her at the Punchestown sale two years ago a few hours after Unowhatimeanharry landed the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at the track.

Pure Bliss had already won a point-to-point and subsequently made a classy debut for us with a decisive victory in a bumper.

She has made significant progress over hurdles this season, winning two mares’ novice hurdles well before missing several decent opportunities when meetings were lost to the weather. Pure Bliss then ran a little below par against against the boys in a Grade 2 race at Warwick in January when our horses were off colour.

I was confident of a big run at Punchestown where she was always handy, led two out going strongly and was clear at the final flight before keeping on willingly to hold the late challenge of Merry Poppins by half a length.

Pure Bliss has earned a nice holiday now and when she returns into training she will be going chasing as there is such an attractive range of choices in the programme book for mares over fences.

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