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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Day 3 of the Punchestown Festival and crowds are up with temperatures on the rise too!

Posted: 27th Apr 2017

 Day 3 of the Punchestown Festival and crowds are up with temperatures on the rise too! 

Day three of the Punchestown Festival round up of the top news stories of the day from the famous Kildare venue.


Attendance Figures:

2017 – 19,072

2016 – 16,978

Up 2094 on this day last year

So far after 3 days up 3140


Big Race Winners:

The Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle of €250,000 (Grade 1)

Winner: Unowhatimeanharry

Jockey: Noel Fehily

Trainer: Harry Fry

Owner: JP McManus


The Friends First Cross County Chase for the La Touche Cup of €30,000

Winner: Treo Eile

Jockey: Barry Cash

Trainer: Shay Slevin (Wexford)


The Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Winner Today:

Winner: Ann-Marie Phelan from Newbridge (originally from Kilkenny) was stunning in a classic chic black and white jump suit!

  • Hat hired from Hats Amore, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
  • Jumpsuit by Self Portrait
  • Pink Bag by Lulu Guinness at Kildare Village
  • Shoes Penneys

Today’s Judges were: Bláthnaid Treacy (RTE / 2FM Presenter), Paula Geraghty (Barry Geraghty’s wife), Serena Stack (Unrivalled Chic) and Derek Montgomery (Montgomery Millinery).


Dick O’Sullivan, General Manager at Punchestown Racecourse said “I am absolutely delighted with our third festival day today. So far we are up on last year’s attendances by 3,140 and those who have joined us have 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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