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Punchestown racecourse are delighted to welcome Kildare based landscaping firm Oak Lodge to the sponsorship panel ahead of the 2022 Punchestown Winter Festival on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November.

The Oak Lodge Landscapes Craddockstown Novice Chase takes centre stage on the opening day of the winter feature at the home of Irish jump racing. The grade two contest over two miles holds a €36,500 prize fund and has been a happy hunting ground for high quality champion chase contenders. Previous winners include the Alan & Ann Pott’s owned top class duo Sizing John and Sizing Europe with the great Moscow Flyer featuring even further back in the roll of honour.

Whilst Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead has an excellent strike rate in the Oak Lodge Landscape Chase, it is Gordon Elliott who will bid for a hat trick of wins having landed the spoils with Felix Desjy and Reviere D’etel in 2020 and 2021.

The Oak Lodge Landscape connection is a local one with founders and directors Cathal and Samantha Kavanagh based in the Naas area. Oak Lodge was established over 20 years ago and the family run firm employs five team members with this number fluctuating greatly during the busy summer months. Originally domestic and private projects accounted for a majority of the business however, as owner Cathal Kavanagh explains, economics intervened: “During the financial crash people’s priorities changed and gardens were no longer high up on the list of household spending. Like many businesses we had to adapt to survive and ever since our company has strived in the commercial landscape maintenance market. We have national retail clients who’s properties we manage in addition to business parks and commercial settings alongside our domestic services”.

Offering some background to today’s sponsorship announcement Kavanagh continued: “I have been racing at Punchestown for as long as I can remember. It is a place that is close to us both literally and in the sense that we’ve enjoyed many great day’s there through the years. Getting involved and sponsoring was something I’ve always intended to do and now we’ve made it happen. We look forward to enjoying a Punchestown race day from a different angle when the Oak Lodge Landscapes Chase gets underway”.

Punchestown Sponsorship Manager Leona Hughes welcomed the Oak Lodge Landscapes news: “Cathal, Samantha and the Oak Lodge team are a wonderful addition to the Punchestown sponsorship profile and we look forward to partnering with them as they step into a sponsorship role here. Local business and community is a fundamental part of the Punchestown ethos and it is all the more special when the people involved have a personal connection to this special place. We thank Oak Lodge Landscapes for the wonderful support and look forward to working alongside them to provide a memorable Punchestown experience”.

The Punchestown Winter Festival takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November. In addition to the grade one Unibet Morgiana Hurdle and the grade two Oak Lodge Landscapes Craddockstown Chase there is an excellent support card of listed, graded and cross country action on offer across the two days. Racegoers of all ages are catered for with complimentary children’s play area for families however, those that may have outgrown the face painting stage can enjoy delicious dining, live music and bus transfers to Naas after racing. With a keen focus on value, the home of Irish jump racing is offering discounts and complimentary race cards for those who book in advance on www.punchestown.com

The first race goes to post approx 12 noon Saturday and 11.45 Sunday. gates and public dining venues open one and a half hours before racing.

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For further information please contact:

Shona Dreaper,
Punchestown Marketing and Communications Manager
Phone: +353 (0) 45 897704 or email info@punchestown.com

 

 

 

 

Work In Town

Punchestown….we may be biased but some might say #WhereChampionsWork

We have two positions to fill and are currently seeking to recruit a Sales Executive and Event & Operations Executive to join our dynamic team at Punchestown Racecourse.

We are just about to head into our busy period in the lead-up to the 2022 Festival taking place from Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 April.

We are looking for vibrant, motivated and eager team members to join us! 

We have posted both job specifications below. Closing date for applications is 5.30pm Wednesday 15 December.

Any queries please email careers@punchestown.com

Event & Operations Executive – Job Specification

Sales Executive – Job Specification

The family run flagship Vista Primary Care medical facility joins sponsorship ranks at home of Irish jump racing

Monday 2nd March 2020 – With just eight weeks to go to the 2020 Punchestown Festival the home of Irish jump racing today welcomed Vista Primary Care to the sponsorship ranks at Ireland’s premier national hunt fixture.  The €50,000 Vista Primary Care Steeplechase is the second race on the final day of the event, Saturday 2nd May.   

The €25 million Vista Primary Care facility is the largest of its kind in Ireland and is owned and operated by the Roche Family. Considered a centre of excellence with a large range of consultants and anchor tenants including K-Doc, the HSE, Tusla and Affidea offering x-ray, MRI and radiology services. Vista is a one stop shop for all primary health care services for both private and public patients. The on-site Vista Pharmacy is unique in the sense that it is Ireland’s only pharmacy that offers a late night service until midnight 365 days of the year. Located just three kilometres from the racecourse the world class medical facility benefits from the hands-on management approach of the Roche Family. Ger Roche together with his wife Annette are at the helm whilst son Eoin is the facilities manager, daughter Eadaoin is key to the financial department, Claire is the onsite pharmacist whilst P.J. and Stephan are members of the catering team.

Celebrating 12 years in business this year Ger Roche, MD of The Roche Group reflected on the links between Vista and Punchestown “Both Vista and Punchestown share the common ground of community in Kildare. We welcome all ages and demographics with a wide and varied medical service available.  Punchestown hosts the flagship sporting and social event in the region. We are businesses that are made by people for people. Well in excess of 200,000 visitors avail of Vista Primary Healthcare services each year. The sponsorship gives us the opportunity to create further awareness of what we are all about at Vista and we very much look forward to being part of the festival this year”.

Janet Creighton, Punchestown Commercial Partnerships Manager welcomed Vista primary Care to the sponsorship ranks “In around eight weeks time Punchestown will welcome over 125,000 people through the gates for a celebration of all that is great about Irish sport, entertainment and hospitality. Both the commercial and domestic community in Kildare are invaluable to the success of the festival and make up a bulk of clients and supporters. These same communities and people are catered for by a top class medical service whenever they should require it in Vista Primary Care. Better again it is a family run business. Vista is a flagship medical facility that we are proud to team up with for Punchestown 2020”.

The 2020 Punchestown festival takes place from Tuesday 28th April to Saturday 2nd May. Tickets and event information available at www.punchestown.com