Punchestown racecourse

With big prize money on offer and 11 Grade One races over five days, the Punchestown Festival in late April rounds off the National Hunt season in spectacular fashion with the principal players from the Fairyhouse, Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals all renewing rivalry in top-class races such as the Gold Cup, the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle.

The course is right-handed and undulating with flat, hurdle, steeplechase and bank courses. The hurdle course is 1m 6f and the chase course is 2m.

Address: Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: (045) 897704
Admission: €8-€16
Road: From Dublin take the N7 to the Naas. Turn left at lights onto the R410 & the course is two and a half miles out of town
Rail: Newbridge station
Car park: Free
Jumps: A right-handed undulating, rather rectangular looking track that extends 2m. The hurdle track runs inside the the chase course for almost 1 3/4m. 8 hurdles and 11 fences per circuit. Also a bank course of 3m.