Fact File: Punchestown Festival

Find out more about the Punchestown Festival in our latest Racing Post Fact File. The Punchestown Festival:
– The Punchestown festival is one of the major horseracing events held in Ireland – It takes place at Punchestown racecourse near Naas, County Kildare in Ireland – In 1861, the Punchestown races were reconfigured as 'Kildare and National Hunt Steeplechases' – the first day of the meeting only attracted a single spectator – The festival is held in late April or early May and spans five days from Tuesday to Saturday – It is often considered the Irish equivalent to the Cheltenham Festival – Total prize-money at the Punchestown festival amounts to over €3.2 million – There are 39 races staged during the meeting, with 12 coming at Grade 1 level – Those contests include the prestigious Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Punchestown Gold Cup – Dual Champion Hurdle hero Hurricane Fly won the Punchestown Champion Hurdle four times, scoring in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 – While the Punchestown Gold Cup has been won by some fantastic chasers such as Imperial Call, Florida Pearl, War Of Attrition, Don Cossack and Sizing John, the only horse to have won it twice was Neptune Collonges in 2007 and 2008 – The Champion Chase has been won by some of the finest two mile chasers in modern history, with Moscow Flyer (2004), Master Minded (2009), Sizing Europe (2012, 2014) and Sprinter Sacre (2013) all winning the race. — Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2l9x35T
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