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Punchestown, Punchestown, Kildare, Republic of Ireland
The purest, most satisfying moment of any spectator sport is when seeing its best performers doing what they do best, at their best and the Spring Festival at Punchestown delivers on that remit with exciting results for the viewing public.
It is no exaggeration to say that Punchestown, is the home of some of the finest jump racing in the world. The Spring Festival, a five day racing spectacular, attracts the finest names in the business. The big players from the Fairyhouse, Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals battle it out once more and horses from Ireland, Britain and to a lesser extent France, reopen old wounds and fight to hold their place or topple previous champions. With three million Euro in prize money for the taking, racing doesn’t get more enthralling than this.
Autumn and winter also see many first rate fixtures such as the John Durkan Memorial Chase in December, which counts the wonder horse Beef or Salmon as a past winner and the wonderfully festive New Years Eve meeting.
Punchestown is a serious racecourse for serious players, but have got the skill of mixing business with pleasure down to a fine art, they still know how to have fun.