Punchestown - At The Races

Punchestown Course Guide

The most prestigious racecourse in Ireland that only races under National Hunt rules, Punchestown host 17 high-quality fixtures every year. Located just outside Naas which is 30km south of Dublin, it has played host to racing at its current location since 1824.

While Punchestown hosts high-quality action throughout the National Hunt season, the highlight is unquestionably the Punchestown Festival which traditionally closes out the Irish National Hunt season and often showcases the stars of jump racing for the final time before their summer breaks. The meeting boasts no less than 12 Grade 1 races, with the traditional highlights being the Punchestown Gold Cup and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

Away from the Festival, Punchestown also hosts the Morgiana Hurdle in November and the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase in December, which are well-established targets for many stars of National Hunt racing in the first half of the season.

Jumps Racing

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A right-handed, galloping, undulating track with a steady climb through the last five furlongs. It is a very fair test of a jumper; there are eleven fences to a circuit which are not stiff by British standards and they pose few problems to sound jumpers. The cross-country course is a long and twisting one over a variety of banks and other obstacles, few of which are jumped more than once. The turns are both left- and right-handed and only the final brush fence is on the racecourse proper.


Punchestown is a story of two tracks really. The chase track is brilliant, a proper Grade 1 track. The fences are stiff, but very fair. However, I never really got on well with the hurdle track. It’s very undulating, the downhill section after the winning post can also make life difficult. The bends are very tight, especially the second-last bend, and in realty it is sharper than most people appreciate. Because of its nature, I’d much rather be handier than held up.

View from the saddle: Charlie SwanCharlie Swan


14:35 Dooley Insurances Cross Country Chase

Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)
  • Winner: Josies Orders
  • Jockey: Ms N Carberry
  • Trainer: E Bolger
  • Owner: John P McManus

15:10 Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase (0-150) (Grade B)

(3m 120y)
Maroon, yellow stars, maroon sleeves, striped cap (Barry Maloney)
  • Winner: Heron Heights
  • Jockey: R M Power
  • Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Barry Maloney

15:50 Irish Stallion Farms Ebf Annie Power Mares Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

(Class 1) (2m 4f)
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap (Mrs S Ricci)
  • Winner: Benie Des Dieux
  • Jockey: P Townend
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs S Ricci

16:25 Aes Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (Grade 1)

(Class 1) (2m)
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap (Mrs S Ricci)
  • Winner: Saldier
  • Jockey: R M Power
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs S Ricci

17:00 BoyleSports Handicap Chase (0-145)

(3m 6f)
Maroon, white star and armlets, blue cap (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Wounded Warrior
  • Jockey: S W Flanagan
  • Trainer: N Meade
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

17:35 Ballymore Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)

(2m 4f)
black and Beige halved, black chevrons on beige sleeves, red cap (Andrea Wylie & Graham Wylie)
  • Winner: Meri Devie
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Andrea Wylie & Graham Wylie

18:10 PDM (Pro/Am) Flat Race

Red & white check, white stars on sleeves, quartered cap (Linda Mulcahy & Mary Wolridge)
  • Winner: Passageway
  • Jockey: Mr P W Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Linda Mulcahy & Mary Wolridge

18:40 29th Running Punchestown Charity Race

(1m 7f)
Maroon, white cross of lorraine,diabolo on sleeves,royal blue cap,yellow star (Mrs Nuala Howard)
  • Winner: Archibald Thorburn
  • Jockey: Karen Moore
  • Trainer: A A Howard
  • Owner: Mrs Nuala Howard