Punchestown

Address: Naas Co. Kildare Tel: 045 897704. Fax. 045 897319

Nearest Railway Station: Newbridge (Naas 3 miles, Newbridge 9 miles, Dublin 18 miles)

Manager/Secretary: Charles Murless , The Curragh Stud, Kildare, Co. Kildare. Tel. 045 521383/088 503765

Clerk Of Course: D.P. Martin, Carnalway, Kilcullen Co. Kildare. Tel. 045 481205

Stabling Facilities: 102 boxes; grooms canteen

Characteristics: Right handed track with flat hurdle chase and bank courses over undulating, free draining land. Hurdle course one mile, six furlongs. Chase course two miles round. Very good soakage, excellent galloping track. New ground always available.

Effect of Draw: High numbers have a slight advantage.

Major Races:
BMW EBF Handicap
Chasehave Country Pride Novice Hurdle
Heineken Gold Cup
Murphys Irish Stout Champion Hurdle
Woodchester Credit Lyonnais Downshire Hurdle
MMI Punchestown Chase
Irish Field Chase

Catering Facilities: Restaurants with waiter and self service; sea food and specialist sandwich outlets; food is available throughout the day in all of the many bars; corporate hospitality facilities.

Uses other than Riding: National and International horse trials, horse shows, caravan rallies; parachute jumping; function room / disco.

Brief History: The first recognised race meeting was in April 1850. Until the 1960’s there was only one two day meeting each April but in the past thirty years this number has gradually increased to the present 13 fixtures held between October and April Punchestown is unique in being the only racecourse in Ireland that still races over banks with two bank races taking place during the April festival and another in the Sunday fixture in November.

Record Attendance: 16,000