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

12:25 Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase (0-109)

(2m 4f)
Black & red diabolo, red sleeves, black diabolo, black & red quartered cap (Anthony F McLoughlin)
  • Winner: Bilbo Bagins
  • Jockey: P D Kennedy
  • Trainer: A Murray
  • Owner: Anthony F McLoughlin

13:00 Total Event Rental (kildare) Novice Chase (grade 3)

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

13:35 Connolly's Red Mills Amateur National (Q.R.) Handicap Chase

(3m 1f)
Royal blue, grey sleeves, royal blue cap, grey star (Mrs Robert McCarthy)
  • Winner: Glencairn View
  • Jockey: Mr L Quinlan
  • Trainer: A Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs Robert McCarthy

14:10 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (grade 2)

(Class 1) (2m)
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap (Mrs S Ricci)
  • Winner: Getabird
  • Jockey: Mr P W Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs S Ricci

14:45 Sportinglife.com Maiden Hurdle

Pink & white halved, black sleeves, black cap, pink star (Robcour)
  • Winner: Impact Factor
  • Jockey: R M Power
  • Trainer: Mrs J Harrington
  • Owner: Robcour

15:20 Leinster Leader Mares Handicap Hurdle

(2m 4f 40y)
Maroon, grey diamonds & sleeves, maroon cap (Michael O'Dowd)
  • Winner: Goaheadmakemyday
  • Jockey: R Loughran
  • Trainer: T Foley
  • Owner: Michael O'Dowd

15:50 David Trundley Artist At Punchestown Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Flat Race

Black, white epaulettes, white cap, black star (Paul McKeon)
  • Winner: Relegate
  • Jockey: Mr P W Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Paul McKeon