Horse Racing: Big Expectations for the Punchestown Festival

Published April 26, 2016 by Sol FH

Horse Racing: Big Expectations for the Punchestown Festival

Five days of top horse racing kicks-off with the premier Irish race jumping festival from Punchestown Ireland from the Tuesday to Saturday.

The Premier HOrse race jumping event of the year kicks-off from the Punchestown race track today and thousands have flocked to the pristine facilities to see if their favorite ponies will run away with the blue ribbon. A total of 38 wild races will be run over the course of this week and horse racing punters will have ample opportunities to win some lucrative cash with all of the races. 

Opening Day

Tuesday the festivities begin on the courses at Punchestown and there will be seven races on the day. Included in the races are three Grade 1 races at 16:20, 17:30 and 18:40 GMT. The races each have huge cash prizes for the winners and the total prize purse for the day equals €572,000. Today will see action on the Novice hurdle races, 3-mile cross-country, Steeplechase and more.

The Punchestown Gold Cup

On Wednesday the 27th of April, the highly-anticipated Punchestown Gold Cup will run at 17:30 GMT. This race is a Grade 1 National Hunt Race, which covers a long track of 3 miles and a furlong (5,029m). This is a race for horses strictly over five years of age and there are seventeen fences that jockeys will need to lead their horses over in order to win. The race was first run seventeen years ago and it has become quite a nice tradition at Punchestown. Now sponsored by Bibby Financial Services, this race will be the focus of punters around the world due to the amazing odds at leading sportsbooks like bet365 Sports

Gold Cup Odds

The odds are attractive for the Gold Cup this year, and bet365 is an example of just how competitive odds should be. Don Cossack is favored to win the race at 2.63 followed by Cue Card at 3.00. The odds begin to get more worthwhile with Vautour at 4.00, Valseur Lido at 9.00, Djakadam, Don Poli and Vroum Vroum Mag at 13.00 and Carlingford Lough at 17,00 to bring up the pack.

Rest of Festival

There will be seven races run a day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a number of incredible events at the facilities. The Punchestown Best Dressed Lady prize will be awarded to the best dressed lady. The lucky winner will walk away with to return tickets to the Champagne region of France where they will get a private tour of the Bollinger Estate. 

Special Offers at bet365

As always, bet365 is offering a number of special offers to punters that register for their services either on a PC or on a mobile device. Virtually all horse races in the UK are covered by bet365's specials, which include the Best Price Guarantee on all races aired on Channel 4 and the very special Best Odds Guarantee. bet365 offers members to take the price from your wager selection and if the SP turns out to be bigger, you will be paid out at the bigger odds. A real win-win situation. 


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