Posted: 24th Apr 2018
Day One sees an amazing launch to the festival with the opening of the The Hunt Stand, Bollinger Best Dressed Lady competition and Willie Mullins taking the feature race in great style!
2018 – 19,181
2017 – 19,686
Down just 504 on last year despite a wet start to the day
Forecast is to remain cold with light showers over the coming days
The Hunt Stand launched by Minister Michael Creed today, speaking of the opening day General Manager Dick O'Sullivan commented "We are thrilled with the attendance today despite the rain arriving at a crucial time thank God they came and a great day was enjoyed by all. We are so proud to launch The Hunt stand today and to have Minister Creed here to do the honours was terrific. The reaction to the new facilities and improvements at Punchestown has been very positive and rewarding for the entire team here and we look forward to racing again tomorrow when the first goes to post at 3.40pm."
The feature race of the day The Boylesports Champion Chase was won by Un De Sceaux trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Patrick Mullins.
Alex Butler from Middleton, Co. Cork is the winner of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady wearing a stunning pink and white vintage inspired outfit, Sophie Hunter hat, vintage inspired coat by Miss Daisy Blue, trousers by Zara a top shop bag and shoes from Dunnes Stores.
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