Although it meant I was a loser on Wednesday, I was delighted for jockey Paul Townend when he answered his crticis in the best way possible. By riding a hat trick of winners in fine fashion at Punchestown.
The true racing crowd in Ireland cheered him back and cheered him up, regardless of whether or not they had money on his rides. It will have lifted his spirits after the well publicised debacle on Tuesday.
His colleagues at the Willie Mullins stables had already had their fun on Wednesday morning, taking the mickey out of his ride aboard Al Boum . . .
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