THE Punchestown Festival continues with another bumper day of action with Day Three on Thursday.
The second day continued the excitement with Allaho claiming the Gold Cup in the big race of the day.
Some of the biggest names in horse racing will be in action across the week with many superstars looking to back up big wins at Cheltenham.
While thousands of punters are expected to flock to Naas over the week as the festival welcomes crowds back for the first time since 2019.
There will be eight races in total taking place on the third day of the festival with the action getting underway at 3.40 pm.
The Champion Stayers Hurdle is the feature race of the day and takes place at 5.25pm
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The action comes to a close on Day Two with the eighth and final race of the day coming at 7.45 pm.
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We will have live coverage of every single race from across the week right here so stay tuned for all of the action from Punchestown.
You can also watch a number of races from the opening day on RTE 2 and available to stream on the RTE Player with their coverage getting underway at 4.00 pm.
- Broomfield Hall – 10/1
- Gin Coco – 10/3
- Pike County – 28/1
Broomfield Hall and Gin Coco racing down the stretch
Gin Coco making a late move
Cafe Con Leche and Ideal Pal still leading the way
Ideal Pal in second after five fences
Cafe Con Leche with the early lead
The horses are gathering on the track for the first race of the day…
Gin Coco at 15/4 is the favourite for the first race of the day – followed by Golf Marin at 15/2, Luke Short at 8/1 and Ideal Pal at 9/1.
The crowds have flocked to Naas again today.
The first race of the day is fast approaching at 3.40pm – The Specialist Joinery Handicap Hurdle.
Welcome to our coverage of the third day of the Punchestown Festival, as usual we will have all the action from every race right here!
And with that, we shall bid you adieu.
While he was denied the Mares Bumper, Willie Mullins had an otherwise sensational day with four winners, three of which arriving with Paul Townend on board.
The highlight of those was Allaho, who won the Punchestown Gold Cup in dominant fashion!
We will be back tomorrow for Day Three of the Punchestown Festival, starting with the Specialist Joinery Group Handicap Hurdle at 3.40
- The Model Kingdom (9/2)
- Beyond Ambitious (200/1)
- Battling Bessie (9/2)
THE MODEL KINGDOM TAKES THE LATE LEAD AND COMES HOME FOR NOEL MEADE!
Willie Mullins is denied the fifth winner down the final two furlongs, as The Model Kingdom came up the inside.
200/1 outsider Beyond Ambitious lives up to the name by coming in second.
Halfway through, Eabha Grace leads from Dorans Weir
Eabha Grace leads early from Jetara
For the final time on Day Two of the Punchestown Festival….AND THEY’RE OFF!
WILL HE DO IT?
Willie Mullins has four wins to his name today, and if Pink in the Park delivers on the favourites tag, he will end the day with a fifth.
The five-year-old is one of four runners for the legendary trainer for the 7.45
- Pink In The Park – Patrick Mullins & Willie Mullins
- The Model Kingdom – Pat Taaffe & Noel Meade
- Dorans Weir – EP O’Brien & Michael Hourigan
- Battling Bessie – Derek O’Connor & Peter Fahey
- Jetara – Jamie Codd & Jessica Harrington
- Nikini – Jody Townend & Willie Mullins
- True Light – Barry O’Neill & Willie Mullins
- Eabha Grace – DG Lavery & Willie Mullins
- Hi Stranger – JL Gleeson & John Kiely
- Miss Fourie – Charlie Swan & Gavin Cromwell
- Beyond Ambition – Ben Harvey & D Harvey
And finally….the Weatherbys General Stud Book Irish EBF Mares Flat Race at 7.45 will round out day two of the Punchestown Festival
A FOURTH winner for Willie Mullins on the day, and a THIRD for Paul Townend!
- Royal Rendezvous (12/1)
- Discordantly (14/1)
- Snugsborough Hall (16/1)
ROYAL RENDEZVOUS TAKES IT AT THE LAST!
Paul Townend adds the Handicap Chase to the Punchestown Gold Cup on what has been a lucrative day for Willie Mullins!
DISCORDENTLY TAKES THE LEAD OVER THE SECOND LAST!