Sizing John triumphs in Punchestown Coral Gold Cup

Gordon Elliott has taken the lead in the champion trainer stakes

Sizing John, Punchestown,

Robbie Power on board Sizing John clears the last to win ©INPHO/James Crombie

Sizing John has triumphed in the Coral Gold Cup at Punchestown's second day.

It continues an impressive year for jockey Robbie Power on the 6 year old gelding trained by Jessica Harrington, following a win for the same horse and jockey combination in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month.

The odds on favourite beat the Willie Mullins trained Djakadam into second in a tight finish in the Grade One race.

Robbie Power celebrates after winning on board Sizing John ©INPHO/James Crombie

Gordon Elliott took the lead over Mullins in the race for champion trainer with Champagne Classic's win in the first Grade One of the day, the Novice Hurdle.

Champagne Classic beat Mullins and Ruby Walsh's Penhill to victory, despite the fact that the latter was 2/1 favourite for the race.

Mullins did taste victory in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle with C'est Jersey winning, ahead of Battleford which is also trained by the Irish champion trainer.

Gordon Elliott on course for trainers' championship at Punchestown Festival