Posted: 6th Oct 2016
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Racing returns to Punchestown next week with two exciting days of National Hunt action at the County Kildare venue on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Grade 3 Irish Daily Star Chase is the feature event of the two-day fixture and having won the race last year with Gold Cup winner, Don Cossack, trainer Gordon Elliott will seek an incredible sixth consecutive victory in the €40,000 contest as he is responsible for three of the 10 entries.
Elliott has included, Outlander, Clarcam and Lord Scoundrel and is hopeful of extending his winning sequence in the race.
“The Irish Daily Star Chase has been a lucky race for us and we’ve won it with some good horses and we’ve got a few horses to fire at it this year so hopefully we will try and win it again if we can,” Elliott said on Thursday afternoon.
“Outlander, Clarcam and Lord Scoundrel are all in good form, they are fit and well and I’ll have a good look at the race and see what suits but it is a race that comes up at a nice time in the calendar and we are looking forward to it.”
Former RSA Chase winner O’Faolains Boy is a very interesting entry for Welsh-based trainer Rebecca Curtis, while Mouse Morris, who won the race in 2010 with China Rock, may be represented by Dromnea and multiple Grade 2 winner, Smashing.
Also included among the 10 entries are the Noel Meade-trained Wounded Warrior, Henry de Bromhead’s Sadler’s Risk and Enda Bolger’s Federici, while in form trainer John Ryan will hope to continue his rich run of form with recent Sligo winner Draycott Place completing the field.
Also on Thursday is the Grade 3 Buck House Novice Chase in which Grade 1 winning hurdler, Lieutenant Colonel heads the nine-entries.
On Wednesday the popular Hidden Cyclone is among the entries as he features in the Coral.ie Rated Hurdle.
The going at close of entries was good, good to yielding with a settled forecast for the coming days. The seven-race card on both Wednesday and Thursday will begin at 2.15pm. Punchestown are pleased to announce that there will be no increase on ticket prices for the up-coming season with tickets remaining at €12 or €8 for senior and students. Feature race days on Sunday 20th November, Sunday 11th December and Sunday 5th February will carry an admission of €15 and €10.
Tickets for the 2017 Punchestown festival, April 25th – 29th, are now on sale with a buy two get a third free ticket offer for a limited time only.
For further information please visit www.punchestown.com or call +353 (0)45 897704.
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