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Festival Race Programme

The Punchestown Festival is considered the grande finale of the jump season with top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish sea converging on the Kildare venue to settle scores and confirm reputations. The quality of racing is unrivalled with a total of 12 Grade 1 contests taking place. Punchestown is proud to be the home of Irish National Hunt Racing and host the famous La Touche Cup, a spectators favourite run over the cross country course. It's a "must see" for any racing fan.

There are a total of 38 races run at the Punchestown Festival including 12 Grade 1 contests.
Grade 1 entries released Wednesday 4th April. Handicaps released Thursday 19th April.
Five day entry stage for remainder. 48 Hour declarations in place for Grade 1 races.

Racing gets underway at 3.40 each day except Saturday when the first race goes to post at 2.35. Gates open at 12.00 (11.30 on Saturday)


Tuesday 24th April - BoyleSports Champion Chase Day

3.40: Kildare Hunt Club Fr. Sean Breen Memorial Cross Country Race of €15,000 over 3 miles
4.20: The Grade 1 Herald Novice Hurdle of €100,000 2 miles 100 yards. Declarations.
4.55: The Killashee Handicap Hurdle of €60,000 2 miles 100 yards
5.30: The Grade 1 BoyleSports Champion Steeplechase of €275,000 2 miles. Declarations.
6.05: The Goffs Landrover Bumper of €100,000 2 miles
6.40: The Grade 1 Growise Champion Novice Steeplechase of €100,000 3 miles 120 yards. Declarations.
7.15: The Dooley Insurances Flat Race of €15,000 2 miles

Wednesday 25th April - Coral Punchestown Gold Cup Day

3.40: The Adare Manor Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle of €30,000 2 miles 5 furlongs
4.20: The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle of €25,000 2 miles 4 furlongs
4.55: The Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle of €100,000 3 miles. Declarations.
5.30: The Grade 1 Coral Punchestown Gold Cup of €275,000 3 miles 120 yards. Declarations.
6.05: The Grade 1 Racing Post Champion I.N.H Flat Race of €100,000 2 miles. Declarations.
6.40: The Guinness Handicap Steeplechase of €100,000 2 miles 4 furlongs
7.15: The Weatherbys GSB EBF mares Flat Race of €50,000 2 miles

Thursday 26th April - Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle Day

3.40: The JLT Handicap Hurdle of €30,000 2 miles 70 yards
4.15: The Pigsback.com Handicap Steeplechase of €65,000 2 miles
4.50: Friends First Cross Country Steeplechase for the La Touche Cup of €30,000 4 miles 1 furlong
5.30: The Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle of €275,000 3 miles. Declarations.
6.05: The Alanna Homes Handicap Hurdle of €60,000 3 miles
6.40: The Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Steeplechase of €115,000 2 miles. Declarations. Declarations.
7.15: The Close Brothers Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed) of €35,000 2 miles 70 yards
7.45: The Kildare Post Flat Race of €17,500 2 miles

Friday 27th April - BETDAQ Champion Hurdle Day

3.40: The KFM Hunters Steeplechase for the Bishopscourt Cup of €15,000 2 miles 4 furlongs
4.20: The EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Steeplechase of €100,000 2 miles 5 furlongs
4.55: The Hanlon Concrete EBF Mares Handicap Steeplechase of €75,000 2 miles 5 furlongs
5.30: The Grade 1 BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle of €275,000 2 miles. Entries 
6.05: The Grade 1 Profile Sytems Champion Novice Hurdle of €100,000 2 miles 4 furlongs. Entries 
6.40: The Star Best For Racing Champion Hunters Chase €30,000 3 miles 120 yards
7.10: The SalesSense International Novice Hurdle of €25,000 2 miles
7.45: The GVA Donal O'Buachalla Property Advisors INH Flat Race of €15,000 2 miles 2 furlongs

Saturday 28th April - AES Festival Family Day

2.35: The Dooley Insurances WFA Steeplechase of €15,000 over the Banks Course 3 miles
3.10: The Boylesports Handicap Steeplechase of €50,000 3 miles 6 furlongs
3.50: The Grade 1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Annie Power Mares Champion Hurdle of €100,000 2 miles 4 furlongs. Entries
4.25: The Grade 1 AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle of €100,000 2 miles. Entries
5.00: The Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Steeplechase of €60,000 3 miles 120 yards
5.35: The Ballymore Handicap Hurdle of €100,000 2 miles 4 furlongs 100 yards
6.10: The PDM Flat Race (Pro -Am) of €15,000 2 miles
6.45: The Carry An Organ Donor Card Punchestown Charity Sweepstakes 1 mile 7 furlongs





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