Punchestown Festival Betting Tips Day 3

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
14.15 Punchestown
Alpha Des Obeaux 14.15–Punchestown
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14.50 Punchestown
Dounikos 14.50–Punchestown
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15.20 Punchestown
Concertista 15.20–Punchestown
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16.00 Punchestown
Zanahiyr 16.00–Punchestown
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16.30 Punchestown
Sam Brown 16.30–Punchestown
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17.05 Punchestown
Ciel De Neige 17.05–Punchestown
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17.40 Punchestown
Pure Bliss 17.40–Punchestown
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18.10 Punchestown
Guily Billy 18.10–Punchestown
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Punchestown Festival Tips

The Punchestown Festival is often a showcase for Ireland’s Cheltenham winners and that trend is set to continue in the wake of their overwhelming dominance at Prestbury Park this year. Willie Mullins became leading trainer at the festival for a remarkable 17th season in 2019 and is certain to feature in plenty of Punchestown tips. The previous year he had won a record 18 races at the meeting, almost half of the races to take place.

Mullins will have his usual powerful team assembled this year with many of his stable stars by-passing Aintree to wait for Punchestown. Kemboy and Al Boum Photo provided Mullins with a 1-2 in the 2019 Punchestown Gold Cup and could renew rivalry this year. Henry De Bromhead’s Cheltenham Gold Cup 1-2, Minella Indo and A Plus Tard, could also be under consideration for the race. Mullins will be expected to plunder many of the Grade 1 events with the likes of Appreciate It, Monkfish, Chacun Pour Soi, Sir Gerhard and Energumene.

Punchestown Racecourse Guide

Punchestown is regarded as the home of National Hunt racing in Ireland and stages the Punchestown Festival in the spring. Racing was first held here in 1824 with the current site being purchased by the Kildare Hunt Club a year later. 

The track also holds the La Touche Cup with horses running over a four-mile cross country course. The 2018 Punchestown Festival meeting offered total prize money in excess of 3 million Euros and attracted nearly sixty previous Grade 1 winners. In September 2020, Punchestown welcomed the return of flat racing for the first time in 18 years. 

Punchestown Chase Course

The chase course at Punchestown is a right handed undulating track of around two miles. The fences are quite stiff and provide a difficult test for an inexperienced jumper. There is a steady climb throughout the final five furlongs. Top steeplechases include the Punchestown Gold Cup and the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

Punchestown Hurdle Course

The hurdles track is more undulating and tighter than the chase course. The bends are very sharp and the course favours hurdlers who like to race up with the pace. The main events on the hurdles track are the Morgiana Hurdle and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

Punchestown Racing Calendar

Punchestown stages 16 jumps meetings and one flat meeting each season, highlighted by the five-day Punchestown Festival in April. There are 39 races at the Festival including 12 Grade 1 events, notably the Punchestown Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle. There are also important meetings for the Morgiana Hurdle in November and the John Durkan Memorial Chase in December.

The first significant race of the season at Punchestown is the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle in January. The Grade 2 Tied Cottage Chase is the main event in February with all but two of the Grade 1 races taking place at the Festival meeting.

Punchestown Festival 2021 

Punchestown Festival Day 1

The Punchestown Champion Chase is the highlight on the opening day of the Festival meeting. It is often the target for horses that ran in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. The roll of honour for this race includes Viking Flagship (1993), Moscow Flyer (2004), Master Minded (2009) and Sprinter Sacre (2013).

The opening day also features the Grade 1 Champion Novice Chase over an extended three miles. This regularly attracts runners from Cheltenham’s RSA Chase with notable recent winners including Sir Des Champs (2012) and Delta Work (2019), both ridden by five times race winner Davy Russell. Trainer Willie Mullins has dominated the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle with seven winners including subsequent dual Champion hurdler Hurricane Fly (2009).

Punchestown Festival Day 2

The Punchestown Gold Cup is the headline event on day 2, first run in 1999 when it was won by Imperial Call. He is one of four Cheltenham Gold Cup winners to land the prize, Sizing John becoming the first horse to win both races in the same season in 2017. Neptune Collonges won the race in 2007 and 2008 before going on to win the Aintree Grand National on his final career start in 2012.

Day 2 also features the Champion IMH Flat Race over two miles, a natural target for horses who ran well in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. Fayonagh won both races in 2017 for Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Jamie Codd. The latter was also successful on Shaneshill (2014) and Colreevy (2019), both trained by Willie Mullins.

Punchestown Festival Day 3

The Punchestown Champion Stayers Hurdle is the feature race on day 3, won for a remarkable four successive seasons by the Mullins-trained Quevega. This came during her run of six consecutive victories in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham from 2009 to 2014. Faugheen provided Mullins with a record seventh win in the race in 2018 when beating stable companions Penhill and Shaneshill.

The Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase over two miles usually features horses that ran well in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham. Footpad won both races in 2018, one of seven previous winners for Willie Mullins. Famous names on the roll of honour for this race include Viking Flagship (1993), Moscow Flyer (2002) and Un de Sceaux (2015).

Punchestown Festival Day 4

The Punchestown Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the fourth day. Hurricane Fly became a popular Punchestown tip with four successive wins between 2010 and 2013. Willie Mullins has won the race a record eight times, six of them ridden by Ruby Walsh.

The supporting card features the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles. Mullins has won this race nine times, most recently with Bacardys in 2017. Notable winners of this race include Istabraq (1997), Vautour (2014) and Nichols Canyon (2015).

Punchestown Festival Day 5

Punchestown Festival Family Day brings the meeting to a close on Saturday. The feature race is the Grade 1 Mares Champion Hurdle over two and a half miles. Willie Mullins won the race for a record seventh time in 2019 when Benie Des Dieux won it for the second successive season. Annie Power had won the race twice for the stable in 2014 and 2015 before winning the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in 2016.

The final day of the festival also stages the Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle. Mullins also has a vice-like grip on this race with eight victories including six in a row between 2013 and 2018. The last Triumph Hurdle winner to follow up here was Nicky Henderson’s Katarino in 1999.

Punchestown Summer in Town Weekend

Punchestown Summer In Town Weekend is a summer jumps meeting staged at the end of May or early June each year. The action starts in late-afternoon and stretches into the evening. The 2019 meeting saw Gordon Elliott, Henry De Bromhead and Joseph O’Brien among the winners.

Welcome Back Jumps Weekend

Punchestown Welcome Back Jumps Weekend is usually held in the second week of October. The opening Beginners Chase in 2020 was won by Darver Star who had been placed in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham the previous season. Subsequent Triumph Hurdle winner Quilixios won the Ladbrokes 3yo Hurdle. There are two Grade 3 chases on the second day, won last year by Zarkareva and The Storyteller for Henry De Bromhead and Gordon Elliott respectively.

Punchestown Winter Festival
Punchestown Winter Festival takes place over two days in mid-November. The feature race is the Morgiana Hurdle, the first Grade 1 of the season at Punchestown. Limestone Lad (1999, 2002 and 2002) and Hurricane Fly (2012, 2013 and 2014) each won the race three times. Willie Mullins won the race for an incredible nine successive seasons between 2011 and 2019.

Our Punchestown Tips Guide

Punchestown Betting Advice 1 – Willie Mullins

When picking out your best Punchestown horse racing tips, you need to look no further than the powerful stable of Willie Mullins. He has been totally dominant at Punchestown over the years, both numerically and in terms of prize money won. Mullins has maintained an impressive strike rate and a level stakes profit in recent seasons.

Punchestown Betting Advice 2 – Cheltenham form

By far the best form guide for your Punchestown tips is the Cheltenham Festival. Some trainers will have kept their less battle-hardened horses back for this meeting but the Cheltenham form sets the standard, especially in the Grade 1 races.

Punchestown Betting Advice 3 – Front-runners

Punchestown betting tips should focus on horses who like to race up with the pace, especially if the ground is on the fast side. It can be a very difficult track for horses to come from off the pace, particularly in the hurdle races.

Punchestown Betting Advice 4 – Check the going

Check the going for the Punchestown Festival before placing your bets. Many horses that have been winning in soft or heavy ground can struggle when faced with faster going at Punchestown in the spring. A series of hard races in testing conditions can leave them susceptible to more lightly-raced rivals at this stage of the season.


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