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Punchestown Festival Tips

Looking for Punchestown Festival tips? Our experts have tips for every race during the 2019 Festival and provided their NAPs for each of the five days.

2019 Punchestown Festival Preview

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Punchestown Festival Betting Tips

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Punchestown Festival Schedule

TuesdayTBAGrowise Champion Novice ChasePunchestown
TuesdayTBAPunchestown Champion ChasePunchestown
TuesdayTBAHerald Champion Novice HurdlePunchestown
WednesdayTBAPunchestown Gold CupPunchestown
WednesdayTBAChampion INH Flat RacePunchestown
WednesdayTBAIrish Daily Mirror Novice HurdlePunchestown
ThursdayTBAWorld Series HurdlePunchestown
ThursdayTBARyanair Novice ChasePunchestown
FridayTBAPunchestown Champion HurdlePunchestown
FridayTBATattersalls Ireland Champion Novice HurdlePunchestown
SaturdayTBAChampion Four Year Old HurdlePunchestown

The Punchestown Festival

The Irish National Hunt racing season draws to a close around the end of April each year and traditionally closes with the five-day Irish Hunt Festival held at Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare, Northern Ireland. 

This festival is regarded as the most important in Irish National Hunt racing and includes many important races, including the Champion Chase, the Champion Hurdle and the Punchestown Gold Cup. The festival has been running in some form since the 1870s.

Punchestown Racecourse

The racecourse at Punchestown is somewhat unique as it hosts music events as well as horse racing. World-famous acts such as AC/DC, Eminem, Bon Jovi and U2 have played at Punchestown. 

As for the course itself, County Kildare is prone to bad weather so the going is more likely to be heavy than firm during the festival.

Famous Punchestown Winners

The first day of the festival features the Punchestown Champion Chase – a two mile race for five-year-olds and up. Sizing Europe is probably the most famous double winner of this race, triumphing in 2012 and 2014, but five other horses have won the race twice. The legendary Hurricane Fly is perhaps the most successful horse ever at the festival, winning the Champion Hurdle four times in succession between 2010 and 2013.

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