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Punchestown Festival Guide

Punchestown 2020 FestivalThe Punchestown Festival is the highlight of the Irish sporting and social calendar. The special grouping of exciting sporting action, vivid live entertainment, delightful food and drink, family fun and spectacular glamour is unrivalled. This is all thanks to the exclusive Punchestown Festival atmosphere. The Punchestown Festival is measured the ‘Grand Finale’ of the jump season with the top-class horses, trainers, and jockeys from all sides of the Irish sea that cover the Kildare venue to settle scores and to confirm reputations. The excellence of racing is unmatched with a total of 12 Grade 1 contests taking place. It’s a “must-see” for any racing enthusiast.

The Punchestown Festival is the most admired racecourse in Ireland that races under National Hunt rules. Punchestown hosts about 17 high-quality fixtures each year. It is located outside Naas, 30km south of Dublin and has been hosting races at its recent location since 1824. We have compiled a guide on Punchestown Festival, read on for more.

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What you will find on this Punchestown Festival Guide:

  • Punchestown Festival hosts high-quality action
  • Punchestown Festivals
  • Punchestown Festival Racing – What to Relish On

Punchestown Festival Hosts High-Quality Action

While Punchestown is known to host high-quality action through the National Hunt season. The highlight is indisputably the Punchestown Festival which usually closes out the Irish National Hunt season. The festival often showcases the stars of jump racing for the closing time before the summer breaks. The meeting boasts no less than 12 Grade 1 races, with the highlights being the Punchestown Gold Cup and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle. The highlight of this racing calendar is the five-day Irish National Hunt Festival taking place on 30th April- 4th May. The festival marks the end of the Irish National Hunt season.

What to Relish On at Punchestown Festival Racing

There are 39 races counting 12 Grade 1 competitions and a total prize pot of more than 3.2 million Euros, which is a big deal!

Punchestown Festival

Your Type of Town

Not only is there pulse rushing racing, but Punchestown Festival is also a must-have on the social calendar. Live music, lively bars & an assortment of delightful eateries, there is always a lot to look forward to. Visit the social hub of the festival and enjoy a chic new Bollinger Bar, the famous Sky Bar, buzzing Festival Bar and much more.

Shopping, Style & Family

Dress up or even dress down. There is no dress code at Punchestown however, smart casual dress is fortified. The ladies can get the willing rags out for the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition & the gents can make their declaration in a sharp suit. You can indulge in retail therapy! The Festival Shopping Village host over 30 exhibitors showcasing the Irish brands and guests from the UK with fashion, millenary art and sculpture, lifestyle products and homewares so make sure to permit time for a browseb The last day of the Punchestown Festival 2020 is the AES Family Entertainment Day. Whether you’re four or thirty-five there is always something for everyone to enjoy with free kids entertainment in the Junior Jockey Club.

Punchestown Festivals

Day One

  1. 40 pm – Sean Breen Cross Country Chase
  2. 20 pm – Herald Champion Novice Hurdle
  3. 55 pm – Killashee Handicap Hurdle
  4. 30 pm – Boylesports Champion Chase
  5. 05 pm – Goffs Land Rover Bumper
  6. 40 pm – Dooley Insurances Champion Novice Chase
  7. 15 pm – Sanctuary Synthetics Insurances INH Flat Race

Day Two

  • 40 pm – Adare Manor Chance Series Last Handicap Hurdle
  • 4:20 pm – Connolly’s Red Mills Irish EBF Sale Hurdle Final Series
  • 55 pm – Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle
  • 30 pm – Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle
  • 05 pm – Coral Punchestown Gold Cup
  • 40 pm – Champion INH Flat Race
  • 45 pm – Weatherby Mares Flat INH Flat Race

Day Three

  1. 40 pm – JLT Handicap Hurdle
  2. 15 pm – Handicap Chase
  3. 50 pm – Friends First Cross Country Chase (Banks Course)
  4. 30 pm – Ladbrokes Stayers Hurdle
  5. 05 pm – Alanna Homes Handicap Hurdle
  6. 40 pm – Ryanair Novice Chase
  7. 15 pm – Close Brothers Mares’ Novice Hurdle
  8. 45 pm – Kildare INH Flat Race

Day Four

  1. 40 pm – KFM Hunters Chase
  2. 20 pm – EMS Copiers Handicap Chase
  3. 55 pm – Hanlon Concrete Mares’ Handicap Chase
  4. 30 pm – Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle
  5. 05 pm – Profile Systems Champion Novice Hurdle
  6. 40 pm – Star Best for Racing Champion Hunters Chase
  7. 10 pm – Salessense International Novice Hurdle
  8. 45 pm – GVA Donal O’Buachalla Flat Race

Day Five

  1. 35 pm – Punchestown Chase (Bank Course)
  2. 10 pm – Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase
  3. 50 pm – Irish Stallion Farms Mares Hurdle
  4. 25 pm – AES Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle
  5. 00 pm – Boylesports Handicap Chase
  6. 35 pm – Ballymore Handicap Hurdle
  7. 10 pm – Pro-Am INH Flat Race

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