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Where is Punchestown Racecourse?
Punchestown Racecourse is 5km south of Naas in County Kildare off the R411. It is 30km south-west of Dublin via the N7.
Sallins and Naas is the closest train station 10km away with a shuttle bus in operation during the Punchestown Festival.
What is Punchestown Racecourse Famous For?
The first Punchestown Races were held in 1824 and comprised cross-country or banks races. The Kildare Hunt held its first fixture there in 1850 with the inaugural two-day April meeting in 1854.
Punchestown is now the home of Irish National Hunt racing with 18 fixtures from October to June including the five-day Punchestown Festival, the spectacular finale of the jumps season.
Track Specifics at Punchestown Racecourse
Punchestown is made up of distinct chase and hurdles courses, both of which are right-handed undulating and square-shaped. The hurdles course to the inner is a mile and six furlongs (2800m) with the chase course just shy of two miles (3200m).
While the chase course is a fair test with stiff fences and suited to gallopers, the hurdles course is sharp with tight turns and favours prominent racers. The banks course twists around what is a huge venue which regularly provides fresh ground and high-quality racing.
Biggest Meetings at Punchestown Racecourse
The five-day Punchestown Festival starting on the last Tuesday in April attracts the best horses in Ireland with a growing contingent of horses and racegoers from the UK. It features 12 Grade 1s including the Punchestown Gold Cup on the Wednesday and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle on the Friday which is also Ladies Day.
There are also excellent novice contests and handicaps as well as a number of banks races.
Visit the official Punchestown Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!