As the dust settles on a dramatic and entertaining Easter Festival at Fairyhouse the stage is set for yet another tremendous climax to the campaign at Punchestown later this month where Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins will fight out the final throes of yet another absorbing battle for trainer’s championship honours.

For some time the Irish Grand National looked a pivotal race in the trainers title and the finish perhaps best exemplified the season as a whole as Elliott’s General Principle scrambled home by a head from the Mullins-trained Isleofhopeandreams.