Racing: Mahler at concert pitch

DAVID NICHOLSON and Nigel Twiston-Davies took Grade One prizes at Punchestown Festival's final day yesterday with Mahler and Zafarabad.

Carl Llewellyn, on Mahler, was enjoying his first success as a jockey on Irish soil in the pounds 60,000 Heineken Gold Cup.

Zafarabad won the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle, with the rider Richard Johnson deputising for Adrian Maguire.