The grande finale of the jump season

Punchestown Festival,
Tuesday 28th April to Saturday 2nd May 2015.

The Punchestown Festival is the highlight of the Irish sporting and social calendar and is considered the grande finale of the jump season. With top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish sea converging on the Kildare venue, the quality of racing is unrivalled. A total of 12 Grade 1 contests take place during the Festival, making Punchestown the home of Irish National Hunt Racing.

Punchestown’s history is a long one, the first race day meeting was held in 1824 with the first Festival meeting taking place 30 years later. Brush fences and hurdles were introduced in the 1960’s and after a massive £8.75m redevelopment in 1998 the Festival became a four day event the following year. Punchestown now also hosts two all weather arenas and a Hunter Trials Course.

Full race running order and any other course information can be found here: http://www.punchestown.com/race_running_order.asp

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Jumping for joy

William Hill Imperial Cup Day – Saturday 7th March 2015

William Hill Imperial Cup Day is a must for any Jump racing fan. The day features on Channel 4 and includes two Grade 3 races and the Mares Bumper.

Sandown Park was one of the first courses to be enclosed and this style proved to be a great success, followed soon after by a proliferation of ‘Park’ courses, including the nearby Hurst Park and Kempton Park. The Eclipse Stakes was inaugurated in 1882 and in 1907 the first Imperial Cup was run.

The Imperial Cup, run at Sandown the weekend before Cheltenham, was once the premier hurdle race in the calendar, although that honour now belongs to Cheltenham and the Champion Hurdle, the Imperial still remains as one of the most prestigious. Duralock Performance Fencing is used throughout.

Sandown Park

Sandown Park, racerail

 

For more information on the course, the event, ticket options and even what to wear, please visit: http://sandown.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/william-hill-imperial-cup-day