Punchestown Course Guide

The most prestigious racecourse in Ireland that only races under National Hunt rules, Punchestown host 17 high-quality fixtures every year. Located just outside Naas which is 30km south of Dublin, it has played host to racing at its current location since 1824.

While Punchestown hosts high-quality action throughout the National Hunt season, the highlight is unquestionably the Punchestown Festival which traditionally closes out the Irish National Hunt season and often showcases the stars of jump racing for the final time before their summer breaks. The meeting boasts no less than 12 Grade 1 races, with the traditional highlights being the Punchestown Gold Cup and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

Away from the Festival, Punchestown also hosts the Morgiana Hurdle in November and the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase in December, which are well-established targets for many stars of National Hunt racing in the first half of the season.

Jumps Racing

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A right-handed, galloping, undulating track with a steady climb through the last five furlongs. It is a very fair test of a jumper; there are eleven fences to a circuit which are not stiff by British standards and they pose few problems to sound jumpers. The cross-country course is a long and twisting one over a variety of banks and other obstacles, few of which are jumped more than once. The turns are both left- and right-handed and only the final brush fence is on the racecourse proper.

Punchestown is a story of two tracks really. The chase track is brilliant, a proper Grade 1 track. The fences are stiff, but very fair. However, I never really got on well with the hurdle track. It’s very undulating, the downhill section after the winning post can also make life difficult. The bends are very tight, especially the second-last bend, and in realty it is sharper than most people appreciate. Because of its nature, I’d much rather be handier than held up.

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Replays & Results

14:05 Punchestown Members Club Maiden Hurdle

Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Milliner
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore
  • Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

14:35 Irish National Stud Handicap Hurdle (80-116)

Yellow & purple hoops, yellow sleeves, purple cap (John B O'Hagan)
  • Winner: Conron
  • Jockey: R M Power
  • Trainer: Mrs J Harrington
  • Owner: John B O'Hagan

15:10 30 Winter Warmer Bundle Handicap Hurdle

(2m 4f)
Dark blue, white sash, red cap (Friends Of Maria Syndicate)
  • Winner: Slippery Serpent
  • Jockey: P Townend
  • Trainer: E J O'Grady
  • Owner: Friends Of Maria Syndicate

15:40 Buck House Novice Chase (Grade 3)

(Class 1) (2m 2f 140y)
Royal blue, light blue star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star (Supreme Horse Racing Club & Kenneth Sharp)
  • Winner: Cadmium
  • Jockey: R Walsh
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Supreme Horse Racing Club & Kenneth Sharp

16:10 Irish Daily Star Chase (Grade 3)

(Class 1) (3m 1f)
Maroon, white star & armlet, blue cap (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Sub Lieutenant
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore
  • Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

16:45 Ingoldsby (Q.R.) Handicap Chase

(Class 1) (3m 1f)
Emerald green, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap (Ann & Alan Potts Limited)
  • Winner: Sizing Rome
  • Jockey: Mr J J Codd
  • Trainer: J T R Dreaper
  • Owner: Ann & Alan Potts Limited

17:20 Punchestown Winter Festival Flat Race

(Class 1) (2m)
Dark blue & pink quartered, halved sleeves, red & dark blue quartered cap (Neil Tector)
  • Winner: Chapmanshype
  • Jockey: Mr R Deegan
  • Trainer: Miss E Doyle
  • Owner: Neil Tector