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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14:05 Bangor-On-Dee Annual Members Maiden Hurdle
2m | 5YO plus | 19 ran
  • Winner: Beacon Edge 4/6 Fav
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Trainer: N Meade
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
14:35 Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle
2m | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Shumaker 11/8 Fav
  • Jockey: D J McInerney Trainer: Paul Traynor
  • Owner: Miss K McNeilly
15:10 Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Handicap Hurdle
2m 4f | 4YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Conron 7/1
  • Jockey: R M Power Trainer: Mrs J Harrington
  • Owner: John B O'Hagan
15:45 Ladbrokes Acca Boosty Buck House Novice Chase
Grade 3
2m 2½f | Class 1 | 4YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Jan Maat 2/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
16:15 Irish Daily Star Chase
Grade 3
3m 1f | Class 1 | 5YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Jett 22/1
  • Jockey: R M Power Trainer: Mrs J Harrington
  • Owner: G McGrath
16:50 Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Ingoldsby
Q.R. | Handicap Chase
3m 1f | 5YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Allduckornodinner 4/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: Miss E J Sweeney Trainer: G P Cromwell
  • Owner: Mrs Una Sweeney
17:20 Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Flat Race
2m | 4YO to 7YO | 9 ran
  • Winner: Fantasio D'alene 8/15 Fav
  • Jockey: Ms L O'Neill Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

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Punchestown Racecourse
Co. Kildare
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