Incredible horse race at Punchestown – Paul Townend and Al Boum Photo

Maybe the most remarkable finish you’ll ever see…

Drama doesn’t quite cover this at Punchestown and the extraordinary closing stages of the Grade 1 Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.

After favourite Monalee and Invitation Only come down at the second-last, Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend are seemingly in control with the race at their mercy – only for the jockey to inexplicably steer his horse around the final fence and take out Finian’s Oscar in the process as The Storyteller runs through late in the piece to land the spoils in one of the most remarkable races you’ll ever see.

What happened? What was going through Paul Townend’s mind? Our team of Gary O’Brien and Mick Fitzgerald look back at some extraordinary events…

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