Where It All Began (Yeats) Wins The Grand National Trial At Punchestown

Son Of Yeats Draws Clear In Grand National Trial

Where It All Began (8g Yeats – Peggy Cullen, by Presenting) produced a strong staying performance to win the Listed Grand National Trial at Punchestown on Sunday.

Stepping up to three miles and three furlongs, Gordon Elliott’s charge raced in touch with the leaders under Jack Kennedy and was ridden from the second last. Staying on resolutely, he passed the well-backed leader before the final fence and was pushed out to score by 16 lengths.

Speaking after the race, the winning rider said, “I thought Where It All Began jumped great and never missed a beat the whole way. I'm delighted with him. He'd been running well and threatened to do something like that.”

Gordon Elliott later nominated the Kim Muir Chase and Irish National as likely targets for his winner. Bred by Killian Traynor, the progressive son of Yeats is owned by Patrick and Scott Bryceland with the McNeill Family.