Posted: 28th Apr 2016
Hail showers you name it, it’s all happening on Day 3 of the Punchestown Festival
Day three of the festival and even the hail showers couldn’t stop the craic at Punchestown a magnificent crowd of 16,978 the famous Kildare venue. Here are the top news stories from the day!
2016 – 16,978
2015 - 17,435
Slightly back on this day last year (-457)
So far after 3 days up 455
Big Race Winners:
Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle (Grade 1)
Winner: One Track Mind
Jockey: Gavin Sheehan
Trainer: Warren Greatrex
Owner: Andy Weller
The FBD Cross County Chase for the La Touche Cup
Owner JP McManus saw his two runners Quantitiveeasing and Cantlow finish first and second respectively in the 4m 1f FBD Cross Country Steeplechase however, the story of the day has to be the retirement of 15 year old Uncle Junior who won the race twice in the last 5 years who finished a noble fourth to complete his racing career at Punchestown.
The Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Winner Today:
Winner: Leona Skelly, an IT Recruitment Specialist living in Naas who wore a stunning grey and teal perfectly accessorised and very appropriate racing outfit. Her skirt from Diamonds and Pearls boutique was teamed with a light knit top from Zara and her hat, heels, clutch and stole were all from her mother’s shop Heavenly in Clane.
Dick O’Sullivan, General Manager at Punchestown Racecourse said “We had four seasons in one day here today however, I am very happy with our third day. Despite the weather we had today people came and had a ball. Tomorrow (Friday) we race again from 3:40pm and it’s the final of The Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition where one lucky lady will win a money can’t buy VIP trip to the Bollinger Estate, followed by a luxurious stay and fine dining in Le Rime & Paris.”
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