- Capacity restrictions for outdoor events have been removed, therefore racecourses can return to pre-Covid capacity levels.
- Digital Covid Certificates are no longer required for access to indoor food and beverage facilities.
- Contact tracing is no longer required (i.e. through the racecourse ticketing system or IHRB App) for attendees.
- Bookmakers rings may return to pre-Covid capacity levels
- In line with Government guidelines and public health measures please note the following:
- Face coverings are no longer mandatory in the parade ring, however requirements for face coverings will remain in all appropriate settings where currently regulated for.
- Face coverings will still be required in customer facing roles in premises where food and beverages are sold for consumption on the premises and bookmaker shops.
- Attendees should continue to follow the current advice for those with symptoms, cases and close contacts.
- For further information please visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/0fc0d-government-announces-that-most-of-the-public-health-measures-currently-in-place-can-be-removed/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/en/publication/3361b-public-health-updates/
De Bromhead seeking to defuse Dynamo in Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Hurdle
Champion trainer Willie Mullins once again holds a strong hand in the Grade 2 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown this weekend with the unbeaten pair of Dysart Dynamo and Hawai Game headlining the seven entries.
A recognised trial for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, Mullins last won the race in 2018 with Getabird and previously landed the spoils with Min, Douvan and Vautour.
Leading the opposition in Sunday’s renewal are the Gordon Elliott-trained Gringo D’aubrelle and Henry de Bromhead’s Tramore maiden winner Guily Billy.
On what is set to be a big afternoon for de Bromhead, Guily Billy steps up to Grade 2 company after a facile victory last month.
The Waterford-based trainer is looking forward to the step up in class for the Cheveley Park Stud-owned six-year-old who showed his true form after being overturned on his racecourse debut at Clonmel prior to that.
“We were disappointed but it was his first run,” de Bromhead admitted on Tuesday. “He possibly got bogged down in the ground but I’m not sure really. There was no obvious reason and he came out and did the job well in Tramore next time, which was good to see.
“Going to Punchestown for the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle was the next logical step for him after that. He’s won his maiden hurdle and now we step forward and see. We’ll learn more about him.
“He’s in good form and we’re hoping he’ll go and give a good account himself. It’s as you’d expect in this country. It will be extremely competitive but we’ll go and take our chance and see.”
Dreal Deal upset the odds in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle last year and John Ryan may chase a big success in this year’s renewal with Ferdia and The Little Yank among the entries while James Nash has included the 120-rated Hammersmith.
The Grade 3 Kildare Novice Chase is also down for decision on Sunday with de Bromhead set to unleash Cheltenham Festival hero Bob Olinger into a field that also potentially features Capodanno and Lifetime Ambition.
De Bromhead confirmed: “We’re certainly aiming to bring Bob Olinger to Punchestown as well. He seems in good form and he worked well this morning.
“There were a few options for him but this one was the one that stood out to us so we said we’d have a go with this.
“He was good (in his beginners chase). I think you’d be entitled to comment on his jumping. It wasn’t spectacular. It was fine. He jumped some really well but there was a couple he didn’t jump so well. But it was good. He won. It looked a very good beginners’ chase on paper. We’ll take one race at a time.
“He’s doing plenty of schooling. He’s jumping fine at home so we have no reason to worry about that having had that experience behind him. We’re looking forward to Sunday.”
Racing on Sunday is due to start at 12.45pm and further details on tickets and dining can be found at Punchestown.com.
Star Quality at Punchestown as Hollywoodbets Announce Sponsorship
On Monday 17th January 2022 Punchestown racecourse will welcome leading South African sports betting operator Hollywoodbets to the sponsorship line up at the home of Irish jump racing.
The arrangement will see Punchestown partner with Hollywoodbets in a ten race sponsorship split between two fixtures on 17th January and 13th February 2022.
Since 2020, the Hollywoodbets brand has expanded its involvement in Irish horseracing with sponsor partnerships at Dundalk, Tramore and the Curragh racecourses.
In addition to the five Hollywoodbets races on Monday 13th January, Punchestown will host the Hollywoodbets Grand National Trial which will headline the race meeting on 13th February 2022.
The Irish national winner General Principle, last year’s race winner The Big Dog and the gutsy Cullentra House-trained Roaring Bull are amongst the many names to have run in this prestigious race. A future grand national winner could well emerge from what could be a true stamina battle amongst some of the top staying chasers in Ireland.
Aside from the equine stars battling it out on the track, there will also be a number of celebrity riders participating. These include the likes of BBC World Sports Star of the Year and history maker Rachael Blackmore, along with household names such as Davy Russell, Jack Kennedy, Mark Walsh and Irish champion jockey Paul Townend.
Like Ireland, Hollywoodbets is steeped in its own horseracing history. The business started as a publishing company called Winning Form, which commenced printing racecards more than three decades ago.
With roots in South Africa, Hollywoodbets has grown a proud international footprint in the UK and Ireland and sponsor a range of racecourses, trainers and jockeys, both in their homeland and in the UK and Ireland.
The leading brand races over 100 horses under the banner of the Hollywood Syndicate in South Africa and proudly recently celebrated a milestone of their 250th winner at the Hollywoodbets Greyville racecourse in Durban.
“Horseracing is close to Hollywoodbets’ heart. The Hollywoodbets family looks forward to a fantastic event in association with Punchestown Racecourse and hope to see you all there for what is sure to be a day to remembered,” said Andrew Halligan, Hollywoodbets Business and Development Manager for Ireland.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Hollywoodbets to the Punchestown stage. We pride ourselves on treating sponsors as partners who become part of the fabric of the place. We look forward to working with the team and assisting in any way we can as they continue to develop the UK and Ireland side of their business”, Conor O’Neill Punchestown CEO.
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