One Of The Best Moments From The Punchestown Festival

One Of The Best Moments From The Punchestown Festival
By Luke Delaney Updated
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We've seen some fantastic races and contests so far this week at Punchestown, but on Wednesday, we saw an 18-year-old jockey ride John Kiely's trained A Dream To Share to victory, in what was one of the best moments of the festival.

John Gleeson, son of one of Ireland's most well-known faces in racing coverage, Brian, was the teenage jockey who won and the scenes which followed the race were fantastic.


John Gleeson still has a Leaving Cert to prepare for in the coming months, but if there was ever an excuse to take a couple of days away from the books, this is certainly it.

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The young jockey held off competition from the experienced Patrick Mullins on Tullyhill, to take home Punchestown glory.


The Gleeson family react to John's triumphant win

After the race, Brian Gleeson was overcome with emotion  and speaking to Jane Mangan of RTE, he said:

You know what it means - the Mangans (to the likes of us in), the Kielys as well as the Gleesons...what racing is all about.

It's the stuff of dreams

Brian's wife Claire also spoke about her son's career so far and how they've helped him balance school work with his racing career.

I've had to become a very cool person. It's what he wants to do, the Leaving Cert will come. He's worked hard, he's been putting in the study, he's been working both together and he has been trying. I'll give him that and he just said 'Mam, trust me. I'm doing my study and I love racing'. So you know what, you've just got to go with the flow and I'm not stressing, I gave that up a long time ago, I had to.

— RTÉ Racing (@RTEracing) April 26, 2023

A heartwarming moment for the family and all involved with the Gleeson family, and judging by John's performance at Punchestown, we'll likely be hearing a lot more of his name in years to come.


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