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Nine of the 11 Grade 1 winners from Aintrees Grand National meeting have been entered at the Punchestown Festival, while nine of the 13 Grade 1 winners from last months Cheltenham Festival are also engaged. Cory Spangenberg Jersey . A vintage jump season looks set to end on a high with a potential clash between Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack, Cue Card and Vautour in the €200,000 Grade 1 Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday, April 27.The latter, part of a sizeable potential Punchestown raiding party trained in Dorset by Colin Tizzard, fell at Cheltenham but made amends in style when winning the Grade 1 Betfred Bowl by nine lengths at Aintree. Cue Card and Don Cossack are among 20 entries that also include the Cheltenham second, third and fourth - Djakadam, Don Poli and Carlingford Lough. Ryanair Chase winner Vautour, a faller at Aintree last week, could step back up in trip for this contest.Both Tizzard and Don Cossacks trainer, Gordon Elliott, are looking forward to the big race.The plan always was to go on to Punchestown and I dont see any reason to change that, Tizzard said.He fell at Cheltenham and mentally didnt have a hard race. He also didnt have too hard a race at Aintree and hes come out of it all fine.From three out to two out at Aintree he came through a gap and came eight lengths clear without ever seeming to do too much.Hes in the form of his life so theres no reason not to go.Speaking about Don Cossack, he added: Hopefully they both jump a clear round. Don Cossacks fallen once, weve fallen once and hopefully they both jump clear and well see who finishes in front. Sky Racing Tickets Fast, secure racing tickets: Exclusive racing offers near you Gordon Elliott, trainer of Don Cossack, reports his charge to be in good shape, as he bids for back-to-back victories in the race. He worked Don Cossack work over a mile and a half alongside stable companion Cause Of Causes in front of media at Punchestown on Monday.He said: We havent done anything serious with him since then and today was the first time that hes really stretched his legs since Cheltenham.Cue Card is a horse Ive got massive respect for. Its going to be a very good race at Punchestown.He (Don Cossack) will have one more good bit of work and then its all systems go.The Punchestown Gold Cup promises to be the most enthralling race of this years Festival, with brilliant Ryanair Chase hero Vautour, who suffered a shock fall at Aintree last Friday, also a likely runner.Trainer Willie Mullins said: Theres a very good chance Vautour will run in the Gold Cup.Hes as fit as a flea and as long as hes sparkling at home, hell take his chance.Sprinter Sacre has been entered for the Grade 1 €200,000 BoyleSports Champion Chase on Tuesday, April 26. Nicky Hendersons brilliant performer won the Punchestown contest in 2013 and looked as good as ever when winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham last month.Punchestowns racing manager Richie Galway revealed that Henderson has not yet ruled out a return to Ireland with his stable star, who claimed the same prize in 2013.Galway said: Myself and Shona Dreaper met Nicky in Newbury recently and we said weve love to have Sprinter Sacre running.He said the day that he won in Punchestown for himself and the owners was one of the great days they had with Sprinter Sacre.Cheltenham runner-up Un De Sceaux and third Special Tiara, trained by Henry de Bromhead, are also engaged, as well as Sprinter Sacres stablemate Simonsig, who has not run since November, and Kerry Lees recent Normans Grove Chase winner Top Gamble.Other highlights on Tuesday include the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle over two miles. It could feature a clash between the Willie Mullins-trained Yorkhill, a Grade 1 winner at Cheltenham and Aintree this year, and the Henderson-trained Buveur DAir, winner of a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Aintree on Friday.There are 30 entered for the Grade 1 Growise Champion Novice Chase the same day. Native River, winner of the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree, is set to represent Colin Tizzard in the 3m 1f contest, while Sandy Thomsons stable star Seeyouatmidnight is another possible runner from Britain.Alongside the Bibby Financial Services Punchestown Gold Cup, Wednesday also features the Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle.Among the 36 entries is Yorkhill, who could step up to three miles for this event, while the Ben Pauling-trained Barters Hill, winner of the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury, is among those expected to travel over from Britain.All eyes will be on the brilliant Thistlecrack on Thursday when he is expected to start in the €200,000 Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle.Colin Tizzards brilliant hurdler ran at last years Punchestown Festival, where he came second in the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle, and he has not been beaten since. Having won Saturdays Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at Aintree and the Grade 1 Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham, he is set to bid to complete a rare treble at Punchestown.Willie Mullins has given his star mares Annie Power and Vroum Vroum Mag this option - although the former is more likely to stay at two miles - while the Coral Cup winner Diamond King could bid to continue his upward career trajectory for trainer Gordon Elliott. The Dan Skelton-trained Value At Risk, winner of the Grade 2 Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle at Fairyhouse on April 28, is in the reckoning to bid for another fruitful foray to Ireland.The fantastic Douvan heads the entries in the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase.Despite being only six, he has already won six times in Grade 1 company, including effortless displays at Cheltenham and Aintree. His potential opponents include Kylemough Lough, who gave rookie British trainer Kerry Lee a first Grade 1 success in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on March 27.No less eagerly awaited will be the expected appearance of the great Annie Power in the €200,000 Grade 1 Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle on Friday.She would line up in the race on the back of superb wins in the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and by 18 lengths in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle. The runner-up on both occasions, My Tent Or Yours, could reoppose for trainer Nicky Henderson.Mullins confirmed on Monday that Annie Power was on course to run.Annie Power seems fine and the plan is to go for the Champion Hurdle, he said. It will only be her fourth run of the season.I imagine all the top guns will run as its the last big Festival of the season.Yorkhill must have some engine to do what he did in Aintree the other day. If hes recovered, he could go to Punchestown. Hes a good eater and he drinks well and hell get a good rest before then.Apples Jade was a revelation at Aintree. She had some training problems after Christmas and (in hindsight) we obviously didnt have her as straight as wed want at Cheltenham.Theres a bumper 39-strong entry for the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle with the likes of Barters Hills, Buveur DAir and the aforementioned Yorkhill all being given this option.Improving Brain Power is another entered by Nicky Henderson, Aidan OBrien could run recent Fairyhouse Grade 2 winner Slowmotion, and Apples Jade has also been entered.Dick OSullivan, Punchestowns General Manager, said: These are vintage times for jump racing with some fantastic horses based both in Ireland and across the water in Britain.Weve seen a series of great performances at Cheltenham and Aintree, as well as at home, in recent weeks and we are obviously thrilled that so many of the top horses look set to line up at the 2016 Punchestown Festival. There are some fantastic showdowns in prospect at what promises to be five magical days of racing. 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NEW YORK -- Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes would not have returned to the New York Mets without a full no-trade clause as part of his new four-year, $110 million contract, agent Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday.Without the ability to secure his future here, he wouldnt have signed here, Van Wagenen said as Cespedes new contract with the club was announced at a news conference at Citi Field. That was absolutely a deal point that had to be part of the contract.Since arriving from Cuba for the 2012 season, Cespedes has been traded away by three teams and twice become a free agent after contracts with the Mets expired. So Cespedes valued having a stable home, especially in a place where he has thrived and he has enjoyed.Ive experienced that now several times with Oakland, Boston, Detroit and then coming here, Cespedes said through an interpreter. I didnt like that feeling of just when I was starting to get comfortable with the team that I could be gone. So that was a very important part for me.Van Wagenen provided additional explanation.Its easier for players to be loyal if its the only organization theyve ever known, Van Wagenen said. I think David Wright has demonstrated that here with this franchise that homegrown players oftentimes have a desire to be here. I think it is unique that a player that is traded for at the trade deadline signs up for another term because he had such a great experience.Cespedes four-year deal matches the longest awarded to a free agent during Sandy Aldersons seven winters as Mets general manager. Curtis Granderson received a four-year contract during the 2013-14 offseason, although that was for a relatively modest $60 million.It is a four-year contract, Alderson said. Its not a five-, six-, seven-, eight-year contract. ... [Four years] from our standpoint was much more desirable. But I think, as has been pointed out, when you get to a certain point and your team is on the brink, youve got to take some risks financially and performance-wise. This is someething we thought we could live with and, in fact, thought we needed to do. Tony Gwynn Jersey. espedes said he was unsure entering the offseason whether he would remain with the Mets, although that was his strong preference.I wasnt 100 percent sure, but what I did know was that my teammates and a lot of the people in the organization, they were really rooting for me to be back, Cespedes said. I didnt know for sure. But in my heart, thats what I really wanted it to be.Alderson offered his take.I felt fairly confident that we would be a strong contender. But youre never quite sure what may happen, Alderson said. He signed a four-deal with us with a very high AAV [average annual value], but somebody could have come in with a Justin Upton?kind of contract [six years, $132.75 million]. Then, who knows? But I felt good that, one, we wanted him back and, two, he wanted to come back -- and that we were going to have to reach a reasonable accommodation on the value of the contract, but that given his interest in returning that was going to be a possibility.Van Wagenen said the labor issue and the possibility of a lockout that would suspend free agency did not factor into the decision.Aldersons next task is to trade one of his surplus outfielders. Either Jay Bruce or Granderson is expected to be dealt. Bruce ($13 million) and Granderson ($15 million) both are free agents after the 2017 season.Alderson did not acknowledge which outfielder he would trade from the Mets collection.But Alderson did say regarding next weeks winter meetings: Weve come a long way from no outfield to an overcrowded one. But thats a nicer problem to have, and well deal with it next week in some way.The bottom line, according to Cespedes, is that he never wanted to leave.The way Im treated, just the way the fans support me and this team, it really makes this place feel like home, Cespedes said. ' ' '


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