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Stephen HarrisMay 4, 20210

Looking back at Punchestown 2021

The annual Punchestown Festival is one of the highlights in the Irish National Hunt calendar and one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings of the season. This demanding track is right-handed and undulating, with the races always truly run and providing a stiff test of stamina (even though the ground has usually dried up and rode “good” on all five days this year).

Horse RacingApril 28, 20210

Punchestown Festival Day One

Day one of the Punchestown Festival was dominated by Willie Mullins who saddled five winners including the three richest races. He was expected to land the €59,000 Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase and did so in style, but with 7/1 chance Colreevy and not 10/11 favourite Monkfish as widely anticipated.  To be fair the race was expected by punters to be a match between the jolly and Henry De Bromhead’s Envoi Allen sent off a 6/4.