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Punchestown Racing Festival

Friday, 16 April 2010

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What about Tuesday:-

Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle - Dunguib could run here and redeem himself taking on General Miller from the Nicky Henderson stable who won at Aintree last week. Champion Chase - Cheltenham Arkle chase winner Sizing Europe in with the big guns, 2008 winner Twist Magic from Paul Nicholls yard back to regain title, Forpadydeplasterer, and Ferdy Murphy Kalahari King who fell early in Aintree.


Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup - brilliant race with Denman 'the tank' from Paul Nicholls yard has side stepped the Scottish National to come to Punchestown. The Queens horse Barbershop will run and hopefully deliver a birthday present to HRH. The home defense comes in the form of Joncol trained in Wexford by Paul Nolan, Willie Mullins Cooldine and last years winner Notre Pere.

Thursday:- - Three Cheltenham winners line up for this massive prize of €170,000. Quevega, Thousand Stars and Paul Gilligans Berties Dream. This could be War of Attritions swansong (if he doesn't run in the Guinness Gold Cup)


Rabobank Champion Hurdle - 2008 Winner Punjabi back in the mis., Ran poorly at Cheltenham and has since had some procedures done on his breathing apparatus. Solwhit who won the race last year is hoping to put a disappointing run in Cheltenham behind him and retain his title. The long await return of Willie Mullins Hurricane Fly will be a highlight of this race. A big ask after being off the track for so long.


Airshow 100 Champion 4 year old Hurdle - On family day the focus is n the youth and the 4 year olds take centre stage. This race was won last year by Edward O'Grady's Jumbo Rio who runs Alaivan. The first and second home in the Aintree equivalent, Orsippus and Barizan are travelling to take on the Irish campaigners Carlo Brigante and Posyc.

Any Additional Information:-

Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival 2010

Dates:- 20th - 24th April.

First Race:- 3.40pm Tuesday to Friday inc. Saturday 2.30 - Gates open at 11.30 each day.

Tickets:- €30 general admission, €40 reserved enclosure, €18 Student and Senior Citizen

Parking:- Free Parking

Kids:- Under 14 Free

Location: 40 minutes from Dublin, 2 hours from Cork.

Party Pack :-

Great value group package for just €29pp inc. Admission, racecard, €5 Ladbrokes voucher, €5 beverage voucher - Saving of €14 pp

Fashion - Arnotts Best Dressed Lady Competition.

Judging each day from 2 o'clock so arrive early.

Finalist chosen each day after the first race. Daily prize of €1000 fashion voucher from Arnotts.

Grand final of Best Dressed on Friday with €10,000 Arnotts fashion voucher, plus VIP personal shopping day and overnight stay in the Gresham.

Further info attached re style guides and judges including Lorraine Keane, Peter O'Brien, Deborah Veale.

Family Day - Saturday 24th April - budget friendly day out
Brilliant line up for the kids on Saturday with the Go Racing Kids Club.

Gates open at 11.30 and action gets underway at 11.45am with the Go Racing Kids Club including the Giddy Up Club, Inflatable horse Derby, face painting and much more - All Free!

Fancy Dress Parade at 1.30 - all kids welcome.

Funderland Carnival

Internet sensation Crystal Swing will be on the main stage on Saturday at 2pm and again after racing.

First race 2.30pm

Shopping Village:-

There are 50 shops in the Punchestown shopping Village offering something for everyone. From jewellery to art, hotel offers to handmade shoes and a huge selection of clothing arts and crafts.

Food and Drink:-

Investment of €300,000 into public facilities all new food hall, TRACKSIDE RESERVED ENCLOSURE with champagne and seafood bar.

Dobbins and Madigans are the Punchestown caterers and are offer excellent value on top quality food and drink. There are 12 public bars throughout the enclosures and lots of food outlets serving a variety of foods and fine coffees. All main courses are under €10.


In addition to the top class racing Punchestown provides non-stop entertainment:

. Live music in the public bars
. Celtic Rhythm on the main stage
. Crystal Swing on the main stage Saturday
. The Slovak Orchestra - from Late Late show
. Danilo Karell Cuban Salsa Band

Family Day - 23rd April - Punchestown Racecourse:-


11.30am: Gates open

11.45am: "Go Racing Kids Club" officially opens

1.30pm: Fancy Dress parade and judging in parade ring kindly sponsored by The Fancy Dress parade will be led by "The Tallaght Festival Band" and will proceed to the "Go Racing Kids Club" area.

2.00pm: Crystal Swing on the Main Stage

2.30pm: First race of the day

2.50pm: Art Competition Winner's Details announced and presentation to take place on the Main Stage

Horse Racing Ireland presentation to Champion Trainer / Jockey

4.25pm: Feature race of the day "The "Airshow 100" Champion Four Year Old Hurdle"

6.45pm: Last race of the day

Additional Attractions: Enjoy our Shopping Village, with over 50 luxury retail outlets, you shall be guaranteed there is plenty for all the family!

Please take the time to take a look at the Art Competition entries displayed throughout our "Go Racing Kids Club" area. Punchestown Racecourse have traditionally organized an Art Competition themed "Racing at Punchestown". It has being a major success with 18 of our neighboring schools involved. All the team at Punchestown would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the participating students and staff involved for all their hard work and creativity again this year.


Inflatable Amusements supplied by, including the following attractions:

o Crazy Cowboy Bouncer
o Noah's Ark Play Zone
o Disco Dome
o Activity Centre
o Jumbo Obstacle Course
o Super Slide
o 2 Lane Bungee Run
o Inflatable Horse Derby
o Theme Park Bounce n Slide
o Pony Rides
o Marie Louise Donnelly's "Giddy-Up Club"
o Funderland Carnival

Street Entertainment: Jugglers, Stilt Walkers, Clowns, Balloon Artist

Racing Info:- Punchestown:-

Willie Mullins has won the championship for the last number of years and actually reversed his car to the office door last year to collect trophies, bottles of champagne after winning 12 of the 37 races.

Ruby Walsh is missing this year as he broke his arm badly in Aintree last Saturday (before the Grand National) and he has won 8 of the last ten runnings of the jockey title at the festival. Ladbrokes have opened a book for this year with Rubys understudy Paul Townsend going as favourite.