Punchestown Festival

The Punchestown Festival is one of the biggest horse racing events of the Irish jumps season and is usually held in April each year. Starting on a Tuesday and spanning five days, the meeting  plays host to some of the best jumps racing all year, with no less than 11 Grade 1 races taking place over the five days. It is seen by many as the Irish equivalent of the Cheltenham Festival, and follows a similar format.

Some of the major races during the week include the Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle, World Series Hurdle and the Punchestown Gold Cup. The Punchestown Festival symbolises the end of the Irish jumps season, and has always played an integral part in the trainers’ championship in recent years.

 

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Punchestown Festival Top Trainer

Willie Mullinsleading trainer 15 times

 

Punchestown Festival Top Jockey

Davy Russellleading jockey 13 times

 

Willie Mullins saddled an outstanding 18 winners at the 2018 Punchestown Festival

 

Punchestown Festival Notable Races

There are no fewer than 11 Grade 1 races which take place over the five-day Punchestown Festival. As well as top-class racing, there are also a number of competitive big-field handicaps each day.

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Champion Chase - A Grade 1 over two miles open to horses aged five and older.

Gold Cup – A Grade 1 over three miles and half a furlong open to horses aged five and older.

Champion Stayers Hurdle – A Grade 1 over three miles open to horses aged four and older.

Champion Hurdle – A Grade 1 over two miles open to horses aged four and older.

Mares’ Champion Hurdle – A Grade 1 over two and a half miles open to fillies’ and mares aged four and older.

Four Year Old Hurdle – A Grade 1 over two miles open to four-year-olds.

 

Davy Russell was crowned the leading jockey at the 2018 Punchestown Festival

 

Punchestown Festival Betting

There is massive interest in betting on the Punchestown Festival both with the online and betting shop bookies in the UK & Ireland. The Punchestown Festival is usually shown on attheraces, though as of January 2019, Racing UK will hold the rights to broadcast. Most Online bookies will have lots of promotional offers on, so you are advised to shop around before placing your bets.

 

Punchestown Festival Free Bets & Betting Offers

As with any big race, the top online bookies like Paddy Power and Betfair will have Punchestown Festival Free Bets and Punchestown Festival Betting Offers. Often the bookies will give you an enhanced price on one of the favourites, or they may offer a Bet Through The Card – get free bets when you bet on the first race of any day of the Punchestown Festival. Either way, we have you covered here with the best sign-up offer and betting specials for the Punchestown Festival.

 

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Punchestown Festival Runners & Form

Timeform is your best bet for finding the winner at the Punchestown Festival. When the race card for each day of the Punchestown Festival is available over on our Races page, you will be able to find the latest form and insight on all of the Punchestown Festival runners from the team of expert tipsters at Timeform. Our Punchestown Festival runner-by-runner guides will be available on our website and on our mobile app

 

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Punchestown Festival Tips

Want to know which horses the expert Timeform Tipsters are backing at the Punchestown Festival? You can get free tips for the Punchestown Festival either on the Timeform website or app. However you like to bet, Timeform has you covered with Punchestown Festival betting tips.  

Punchestown Festival Latest News, Odds & Results

Follow all the build up to the Punchestown Festival on the News pages at Timeform. Whether you are after the latest betting odds, market movers, going updates and non-runners, plus the latest from the stables of the top horses for the Punchestown Festival, you’ll find it right here. Simply want to know which horse was first past the post? Then go to our Results page to get the latest Punchestown Festival results.

 

Punchestown Gold Cup Past Winners – this Century

Year

Horse

Timeform Rating

Starting Price

2000

COMMANCHE COURT (IRE)

155

10/3

2001

MOSCOW EXPRESS (IRE)

158

14/1

2002

FLORIDA PEARL (IRE)

169

13/8

2003

FIRST GOLD (FR)

167

7/4

2004

BEEF OR SALMON (IRE)

164

5/4

2005

KICKING KING (IRE)

169

8/11

2006

WAR OF ATTRITION (IRE)

160

4/5

2007

NEPTUNE COLLONGES (FR)

161

8/1

2008

NEPTUNE COLLONGES (FR)

163

9/10

2009

NOTRE PERE (FR)

163

15/8

2010

PLANET OF SOUND

157

14/1

2011

FOLLOW THE PLAN (IRE)

148

20/1

2012

CHINA ROCK (IRE)

164

20/1

2013

SIR DES CHAMPS (FR)

171

2/1

2014

BOSTON BOB (IRE)

157

5/2

2015

DON COSSACK (GER)

180

5/2

2016

CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE)

165

12/1

2017

SIZING JOHN

168

9/10

2018

BELLSHILL (IRE)

166

4/1

Punchestown Champion Hurdle Past Winners – this Century

 

Year

Horse

Timeform Rating

Starting Price

2000

GRIMES

161

6/1

2001

MOSCOW FLYER (IRE)

168

6/1

2002

DAVENPORT MILENIUM (IRE)

2003

QUAZAR (IRE)

152

7/2

2004

HARDY EUSTACE (IRE)

155

3/1

2005

BRAVE INCA (IRE)

164

2/1

2006

MACS JOY (IRE)

162

11/4

2007

SILENT OSCAR (IRE)

154

20/1

2008

PUNJABI

161

2/1

2009

SOLWHIT (FR)

162

2/1

2010

HURRICANE FLY (IRE)

164

3/1

2011

HURRICANE FLY (IRE)

169

1/2

2012

HURRICANE FLY (IRE)

161

4/11

2013

HURRICANE FLY (IRE)

170

1/4

2014

JEZKI (IRE)

162

4/5

2015

FAUGHEEN (IRE)

162

1/6

2016

VROUM VROUM MAG (FR)

150

4/6

2017

WICKLOW BRAVE

161

12/1

2018

SUPASUNDAE

162

7/1

 

Punchestown Champion Stayers Hurdle Past Winners – this Century

Year

Horse

Timeform Rating

Starting Price

2000

RUBHAHUNISH (IRE)

159

5/1

2001

BANNOW BAY (IRE)

138

11/8

2002

LIMESTONE LAD (IRE)

144

4/6

2003

HOLY ORDERS (IRE)

144

6/1

2004

RHINESTONE COWBOY (IRE)

160

5/2

2005

CARLYS QUEST

139

25/1

2006

ASIAN MAZE (IRE)

151

1/8

2007

REFINEMENT (IRE)

148

16/1

2008

BLAZING BAILEY

160

10/3

2009

FIVEFORTHREE (IRE)

160

5/4

2010

QUEVEGA (FR)

152

5/2

2011

QUEVEGA (FR)

152

8/11

2012

QUEVEGA (FR)

158

11/10

2013

QUEVEGA (FR)

156

6/4

2014

JETSON (IRE)

143

20/1

2015

JEZKI (IRE)

147

5/2

2016

ONE TRACK MIND (IRE)

155

10/1

2017

UNOWHATIMEANHARRY

154

4/1

2018

FAUGHEEN (IRE)

165

11/2