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.


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.

View from the saddle: Charlie Swan
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13:40 Quevega Mares Hurdle
Grade 3
2m 4f | Class 1 | 4YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Elfile 6/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: D E Mullins Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Kenneth Alexander
14:10 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle
2m 4f | 5YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Foxy Jacks 3/1 Fav
  • Jockey: P T Enright Trainer: M F Morris
  • Owner: D F Desmond
14:40 Final Festival Ticket Deal Ends Soon Maiden Hurdle
2m ½f | Class 1 | 5YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Elusive Rebeldom 16/1
  • Jockey: D N Russell Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Friends Again Syndicate
15:15 Pertemps Network Group Handicap Hurdle
3m | 4YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Mary Frances 9/1
  • Jockey: C A Landers Trainer: Martin Hassett
  • Owner: John J F O'Mahony
15:45 Ten Weeks To Punchestown Festival Mares Maiden Hurdle
2m 6f | 5YO plus | 15 ran
  • Winner: Fort Worth Texas 9/2
  • Jockey: M P Walsh Trainer: Colin Bowe
  • Owner: Leo McArdle
16:20 New Summer In Town Racing Weekend June 6th & 7th Handicap Hurdle
2m 4f | 4YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Stoughan Cross 8/1
  • Jockey: O R Brown Trainer: T Gibney
  • Owner: Moynalty Partnership
16:55 Punchestown - Ireland's Favourite Sporting Hospitality Flat Race
2m ½f | 4YO only | 12 ran
  • Winner: Line Break 7/2
  • Jockey: Mr D O'Connor Trainer: Padraig Roche
  • Owner: J J Power

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Co. Kildare
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