racecourse will host the annual Winter Festival next weekend, Saturday 18th
and Sunday 19th November and this year promises to be extra special
with an action packed two days instore.
Whilst racing on the track will be top class there
will be something for everyone at Punchestown with live music, dining packages,
Huntman’s Challenge fund raiser, free family entertainment and the Up The Yard
Stable Staff Challenge taking place.
Looking forward to a relaunched Winter festival,
Punchestown General Manager Dick O’Sullivan said “There is a fantastic buzz
around ahead of the Winter Festival. We have concentrated on providing
excellent racing action, free family entertainment and off track activities in
the Up the Yard and Huntsman’s Challenge. The venue itself has had a new lease
of life with most public facilities refurbished so customers of all ages can
expect to spend a thoroughly enjoyable day in comfort and get great value while
they are at Punchestown”.
Saturday 18th November - Up The Yard Stable &
Stud Staff Day
Gates: 10.30 First Race: 11.50 approx
Family Entertainment from 11.30
Race & Dine Packages from €69pp from 12 noon
Live music after racing
The Up The Yard challenges take place from before
the first race and throughout the day
- The competitive seven race card gets underway at
approx 11.50 and features the Frontline Security Grabel Mares Listed Hurdle.
The card concludes with a very special event, the inaugural Up The Yard
Challenge Race. This race is the centre piece of the Up The Yard raceday where
the stable and stud staff of Ireland will be celebrated. Riders taking part in
the race must work in a racing stable or stud farm in Ireland and can’t have
ridden under rules before. This is a chance for someone to realise a dream of
competing on the track. Throughout the day, stable staff will take part in
inter yard challenges in the parade ring and Sports Bar.
- There will be free family entertainment as part of
the Winter Festival play zone with games, crafts, face painting and even a
Santa visit. This facility will be located close to the parade ring.
- Both La Touche and The Panoramic Watch House
Restaurants will be available to pre-book for a delicious four course lunch
with guest tipster, cash bar and betting facilities. Packages are €69pp and
€79pp respectively. Phone +353 (0)45 897704 for reservations.
- Please visit the newly refurbished bars and cafes
at the Punchestown Winter Festival where there will be live music available
Sunday 19th November - Unibet Morgiana Hurdle and
Huntman’s Challenge Day
Gates: 10am Huntsman's Challenge: 10.50
First Race: 12 noon approx
Family Fun: 11am
Race & Dine €79pp with childrens options
available from 12 noon
- Day two will get underway with the second running
of the Berney Bros. Huntsman’s Challenge at 11am. This highly entertaining
challenge race involves huntsmen and their horses from 18 different packs
taking on each other and a section of the famous Punchestown banks course. It
is the first of three legs in the Huntmans’s Team Challenge taking place that
day as an Irish Injured Jockey fundraiser. The second leg, for high performance
athletes only, is a sack race taking place in the parade ring! The final
part of the hunt competition is a most appropriately dressed contest.With a
target of €10,000 for Irish Injured Jockeys all support is welcome and while an
early start it is a very worthwhile cause.
- The feature over the Winter Festival is the Grade 1
Unibet Morgiana Hurdle on Sunday 19th. This is the comeback target for the
mighty Faugheen last seen on the track in January 2016. Willie Mullins track
record in this race is unsurpassed with wins from Nichols Canyon, Thousand
Stars and the record breaking Hurricane Fly filling the winner’s spots for the
last six consecutive years.
- The Unibet Morgiana Hurdle is the feature race but
the card also boasts the first cross country race of the Punchestown season,
the grade 2 Ryans Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase and the Grade 2 Florida
Pearl Novice Chase. Quality throughout the eight race card.
- The Panoramic Watch House Restaurant will be
available for special Sunday lunch sitting. The all inclusive package is €79pp
to include a delicious four course lunch, guest tipster, cash bar and betting
facilities. Of course it is the amazing view from your table overlooking the
finishing straight that will impress the most.
- Free family fun continues in the Winter Festival
Play Zone with face painting, crafts corner, games and a special visit from
- The newly refurbished bars and cafes will be the
ideal base for those who wish to enjoy the action in comfort. Live music will
take place after racing.
For further information on the Punchestown Winter
Festival please visit www.punchestown.com,
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to chat through your Punchestown visit on +353 (0)45 897704