April 2017

April 2017

All-time record breaking crowds at Punchestown!

Posted: 29th April 2017
The 2017 Punchestown Festival concluded today with the AES Family Day. Despite the damp start to the morning, it dried up before racing and young racegoers came in their droves to the Kildare venue bringing the total attendance for the week to a record breaking 122,557. Mullins reigns supreme and retains his Champion National Hunt […]

Day 4…so much news!

Posted: 28th April 2017
Day 4 of the Punchestown Festival was another tremendous success with great crowds, superb racing, a trainers’ championship set to continue to the wire and the grand finale of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Day four of the Punchestown Festival round up of the top news stories of the day from the famous Kildare venue. […]

Day 3 round up at Punchetsown

Posted: 27th April 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 […]

Day Two Round Up

Posted: 26th April 2017
Sizing John delights a superb crowd on day two at the Punchestown Festival Day two at the Punchestown Festival is a cracker at the Kildare venue….here are the top news stories from the day! 2017    – 19,366 2016   –  18,181 Up 1,185 on last year   Won by: Sizing John Trained by: Jessica Harrington Ridden […]

A great opening day at the Punchestown Festival

Posted: 25th April 2017
Sunshine and hail stones weren’t the only things to talk about on the opening day of the 2017 Punchestown Festival Robert ‘Puppy’ Power continues his purple patch winning the Boylesports Champion Chase on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival 2017 Sunshine and hail stones weren’t the only things to talk about on the opening […]

Sizing John and Coneygree set for heavyweight Punchestown clash

Posted: 24th April 2017
Sizing John and Coneygree set for heavyweight Punchestown clash Sizing John   PICTURE: Getty Images   Sizing John set for Coneygree showdown By Mark Scully  Cheltenham Gold Cup heroes Sizing John and Coneygree will lock horns in Wednesday’s Coral Punchestown Gold Cup after the pair headed six declarations on Monday morning. Sizing John handed the red-hot […]

Kennedy hoping Labaik is on best behaviour at Punchestown

Posted: 24th April 2017
Kennedy hoping Labaik is on best behaviour at Punchestown  By David Jennings Jack Kennedy on Sunday described Labaik as the fastest horse he has ever sat on, but admitted he is taking nothing for granted where the quirky grey is concerned and will not be getting his hopes up until the horse jumps off in the […]

9 Marathons in 10 Days for INJ

Posted: 22nd April 2017
9 Marathons in 10 days- Olivia May Smith Olivia Smith will be starting her challenge on Monday 17th April in Bristol, England and finishing on Thursday 27th April in Punchestown racecourse arriving into the parade ring at 2.30pm. Raising funds for The Injured Jockeys UK and Irish Injured Jockeys. Having run 3 London Marathons in […]

Watch the Punchestown Preview Show

Posted: 21st April 2017
TG4 TO SCREEN 2017 PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL PREVIEW  TG4 will screen a 30-minute preview of the Punchestown Irish National Hunt Racing Festival on Saturday night, 22nd April at 7.15pm with a repeat on Monday evening, 24th April at 7.30pm. It will also be available on the TG4 player and catch-up services. The preview will have features […]

Gigginstown Bid To Round Off Season In Style

Posted: 21st April 2017
GIGGINSTOWN BID TO ROUND SEASON OFF IN STYLE It has been another outstanding season for Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud and the champion-owner elect is set to bid to finish off the campaign on a high at next week’s Punchestown Festival, running from Tuesday to Saturday, April 25 to 29. Eddie O’Leary, racing manager to […]