Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 2017
The Winter Festival will take place on Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th November. The 2017 Punchestown Winter Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever with a packed two days in store. Whilst action on the track will be top class there will be something for everyone with live music, Huntman’s Challenge, family entertainment, Best Dressed Competition and the Up The Yard inter-yard challenge.
Enjoy a 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.
Get Outta Town Coach Transfer and TicketThe ‘Get Outta Town’ coach transfer and ticket package is available both Saturday and Sunday of the Winter Festival. Book it for just €35pp on Punchestown Website.
Availing of our ticket & transfer offer provides brilliant value. Travel to Punchestown on a direct private coach departing from SuperValu at Aston Quay in Dublin’s City Centre at 10.30am and return back to Dublin after racing.What better way to enjoy your day than not having to worry about where to park or how you’re getting home?
The buses will depart from the following location at 10.30am.
SuperValu Shop - Aston QuayThere will be temporary bus sign with logo Marathon Coach TravelReturn from Punchestown to Dublin 30 minutes after the finish of last race.
Race & Dine PackagesBoth 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 (pre-book only). For reservations contact Punceshtown on +353 (0)45 897704
Further detail on the event can be found on their website or alternatively contact Punchestown on +353 (0)45 897704
Gates: 10.30 | First Race: approx 11.50 Family Entertainment: From 11.30
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. Throughout the day, stable staff will take part in inter yard challenges in the parade ring and Sports bar. The Up The Yard challenges take place from before the first race and throughout the day.
Gates: 10am | First Race: approx 12 noon Huntsman's Challenge: approx 10.50 Family Fun: From 11am
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! 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.