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Extension to seasonal break for leading National Hunt riders

Posted: 26th May 2021
HRI Press Release 26th April 2021 HRI announces extension to seasonal break for leading National Hunt riders Following representations from the Irish Jockeys’ Association, HRI has amended race conditions to extend the existing break for leading National Hunt riders to run from Bank Holiday Monday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 30 inclusive.  The eight National […]

Captain Lawrence Oates Antarctic Explorer and Gentleman Jockey at Punchestown

Posted: 24th May 2021
Punchestown hosted none other than Captain Lawrence Oates as owner, trainer and jockey at the 1904 and 1905 meetings. Captain Oates is remembered as a member of Scott of the Antarctic’s polar party which reached the South Pole in January 1912. On the return journey, Oates, who was suffering from a recurring leg injury, felt […]

Polar Exploration, Ponies and Punchestown!

Posted: 24th May 2021
A surprising fact about Co. Kildare is its close connections with Polar Exploration. The ‘Boat Afloat’ installation across from the main stand is an artistic interpretation of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s lifeboat, the “James Caird”. Shackleton was born in Kilkea (near Athy), Co. Kildare in 1874 and spent much of his childhood there. His Irish […]

Show Your True Colours At The 2021 Punchestown Festival

Posted: 4th May 2021
True Colours Childrens Competition Kindly Sponsored by Irish Dog Foods WINNER – Ailbhe Carew (age 7) from Rathmore National Visit our Facebook Page to see entries and feedback This Punchestown will be a Festival of a different colour – what are your true colours? Calling all junior jockeys! One of the coolest things about racing is […]