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 Trainers Title 

The battle of the festival was without question the dual between Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott for the 2016/2017 National Hunt Champion Trainer Title.

2016/17 National Hunt Champions:

Willie Mullins – Champion Trainer

Rachael Blackmore – Champion Conditional Rider

Ruby Walsh – Champion Jockey

Gigginstown House Stud - Champion Owner

Nina Carberry – Leading Lady Amateur Rider (Mary Hyde Perpetual Cup)

Jamie Codd – Champion Amateur Jockey (won by 1 winner)

The Bollinger Best Dressed Lady

Bollinger’s philosophy that “Life Can Be Perfect”, and the family-owned Champagne House stays true to form with this bespoke prize created especially for the winner of Ireland’s most coveted fashion title. The 2017 Bollinger Best Dressed Lady at Punchestown wins a VIP trip for two taking in the Bollinger Estate, Reims and Paris complete with private chauffeur, Michelin-starred dining and luxury accommodation, not to mention a year’s supply of Bollinger to top it all off!

AES Family Day – Schools Art Competition

Twelve year old Aibhe Graham who is in 6th class in Ballymore Eustace won the AES Art Competition.


Dick O’Sullivan, General Manager at Punchestown Racecourse said “I am over the moon with this result, the racing was absolutely superb and the new facilities were really well received. I was hoping for 120,000 and when I saw the rain this morning I thought oh my God and here we are with not one but two all-time records in the mix, the highest attendance on any one day at a festival here and the greatest attendance we have ever had at the festival and it is totally down to the best team you could have ever put together.”

2017 – 34,370

2016 – 30,035

Up 4,335

2017 – 122,557

2016 – 114,438


Up 8,019

Won by: Apple’s Jade

Trained by: Gordon Elliott

Ridden by: Bryan Cooper


Won by: Bapaume

Trained by: Willie Mullins

Ridden by: Ruby Walsh