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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Advance Going

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Replays & Results

13:55 Festival Party Pack From 30 Maiden Hurdle

(2m 110y)
Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)
  • Winner: Call A Cab
  • Jockey: B J Geraghty
  • Trainer: P A Fahy
  • Owner: John P McManus

14:30 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle

(2m 4f 50y)
Red, pink hoop, pink armlet, red cap (Sullivan Bloodstock Limited)
  • Winner: Cut The Mustard
  • Jockey: D J Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Sullivan Bloodstock Limited

15:05 Quevega Mares Hurdle (Listed)

(Class 1) (2m 4f 50y)
Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap (Andrea Wylie & Graham Wylie)
  • Winner: Meri Devie
  • Jockey: D J Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Andrea Wylie & Graham Wylie

15:35 Festival Free Upgrade Offer Ends Soon Handicap Hurdle (80-95)

(Class 1) (2m 4f 50y)
Emerald green, white disc & sleeves, yellow & red striped cap (Michael J McDonagh)
  • Winner: Spancil Hill
  • Jockey: Mr L Quinlan
  • Trainer: M J McDonagh
  • Owner: Michael J McDonagh

16:10 Festival Any Day Flexi Ticket Mares Maiden Hurdle

(Class 1) (2m 6f)
Royal blue, maroon epaulettes, royal blue cap (Coldunell Limited)
  • Winner: Redhotfillypeppers
  • Jockey: Mr D H Dunsdon
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Coldunell Limited

16:45 Pertemps Network Group Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

(Class 1) (3m)
Emerald Green & Orange Hooped, emerald green cap, white star (John P McManus)
  • Winner: Kilfenora
  • Jockey: M P Walsh
  • Trainer: E P Harty
  • Owner: John P McManus

17:15 www.punchestown.com Flat Race

(Class 1) (2m 110y)
Red & yellow chevrons, yellow sleeves, red cap, yellow star (Mrs Jacqueline Costello)
  • Winner: Von Humboldt
  • Jockey: Mr R Deegan
  • Trainer: C Byrnes
  • Owner: Mrs Jacqueline Costello