Punchestown festival attracting top class entries for €2.5 Million prizmoney

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Updated: March 25, 2014
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With less than five weeks to the highlight of the Irish jump racing season Punchestown looks set to once again attract the superstars of racing  with the announcement of an impressive €2.5 million prize fund.

A further development for the jump racing season finale is the introduction of the major new sponsor for the 2014 Champion Hurdle, The Racing Post. The new arrangement will guarantee a prize fund of €200,000 for the race that could be a major rematch between Hurricane Fly and Jezki, the two highest rated hurdlers (173) of the last ten years according to The Racing Post ratings.

 

Still enjoying the aftermath of a history making win at Cheltenham trainer Jessica Harrington looked forward to the Punchestown festival by saying: “Every trainer wants winners but Punchestown Festival winners are extra special. The competition is very tough as the festival continues to draw back the best horses from both Ireland and the UK”  Commenting on the prospect of Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner Jezki attempting to land the Punchestown equivalent his trainer continued “Jezki appears to have come out of his Cheltenham race well and he has had a little break since but we are now stepping up his training and the plan is to go for The Racing Post Champion Hurdle at Punchestown which will no doubt be another very competitive renewal”. 

 

The enhancements to prize money are evident throughout the programme with the panel of 37 sponsors contributing, upgrading or indeed joining the sponsorship ranks to ensure that once again every race at the Punchestown festival is sponsored.  The cash injection now sees the four feature races totalling €200,000 each with major increases in the Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup (+ €50,000) and the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle (+ €30,000).

 

Further to the announcement Punchestown General Manager Dick O’Sullivan said“The Punchestown Festival kicks off in five weeks and the countdown is well and truly on. Prize fund news like this is significant on so many levels as attractive prize money brings the best horses from both Ireland and the UK which means top class racing and exciting Cheltenham rematches.”

 

Alan Byrne, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive of the Racing Post said“Having been involved with Punchestown as both a sponsor and content partner we are delighted to further increase our contribution   to the festival and Irish racing overall. The 2014 Racing Post Champion Hurdle should be a thrilling renewal and we are very much looking forward to Friday 2nd May”.

 

Brian Kavanagh CEO Horse Racing Ireland “After such an exciting Cheltenham festival it will be really exciting for the Irish public to see the superstars in action. It’s a great time for Irish racing and HRI are delighted to  be part of the continued success of the Punchestown Festival”.

 

The 2014 Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival will take place from Tuesday 29th April to Saturday 3rd May. E-Tickets, hospitality brochures and general information available on www.punchestown.com

 

Prize Fund Increases for Punchestown 2014 include:

 

Tuesday 29th April

The Grade 1 Growise Novice Steeplechase of €90,000 (+€10,000)

The Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle €90,000 (+€10,000)

The Bragbet .com Handicap Hurdle of €50,000 (+€20,000)

 

Wednesday 30th April

The Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror  Novice Hurdle of €90,000 (+ €10,000)

The Grade 1 Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup of €200,000 (+ €50,000)

The Guinness Handicap Steeplechase of €100,000 (+ €20,000)

The Grade 1 At The Races Champion INH Flat Race of €90,000 (+ €10,000)

 

Thursday 1st May

The Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Steeplechase of €110,000 (+ €10,000)

The Punchestown Handicap Chase €50,000 (+ €25,000)

The Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle of €200,000 (+ €30,000)

 

Friday 2nd May

The Aon Novice Handicap Steeplechase of €100,000 (+ €20,000)

The Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle (+ €10,000)

 

Saturday 3rd May

The Grade 1 AES Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle of €100,000 (+ €20,000)

The Setanta Sports Handicap Hurdle of €100,000 (+ €20,000)

 

 

Horse Odds
Teaforthree

10/1

Long Run

14/1

Tidal Bay

16/1

Colbert Station

20/1

Burton Port

20/1

Monbeg Dude

20/1

Triolo D’alene

20/1

Sunnyhillboy

20/1

Rocky Creek

20/1

Pineau De Re

20/1

Prince De Beauchene

25/1

Balthazar King

25/1

Shakalakaboomboom

25/1

Alfie Sherrin

25/1

Wyck Hill

25/1

Double Seven

25/1

Hawkes Point

25/1

Godsmejudge

25/1

Across The Bay

33/1

Alvarado

33/1

Battle Group

33/1

Big Shu

33/1

Chance Du Roy

33/1

Katenko

33/1

Lion Na Bearnai

33/1

Mountainous

33/1

Our Father

33/1

Raz De Maree

33/1

Rose Of The Moon

33/1

Same Difference

33/1

Soll

33/1

The Rainbow Hunter

33/1

Vintage Star

33/1

Mr Moonshine

40/1

Standing Ovation

40/1

There’s No Panic

40/1

Walkon

40/1

Buckers Bridge

40/1

Hunt Ball

40/1

Vesper Bell

40/1

Last Time D’albain

50/1

Kruzhlinin

50/1

Goonyella

50/1

Golan Way

50/1

Court By Surprise

50/1

Bog Warrior

50/1

Wayward Prince

50/1

Baile Anrai

50/1

Victrix Gale

50/1

Twirling Magnet

50/1

Tranquil Sea

50/1

The Package

50/1

Swing Bill

50/1

Saint Are

50/1

Roi Du Mee

50/1

Night In Milan

50/1

Sir Du Bearn

66/1

Any Currency

66/1

One In A Milan

66/1

Out Now

66/1

Minella For Value

66/1

Solix

66/1

Storm Survivor

66/1

Gullible Gordon

66/1

Lost Glory

66/1

Quito De La Roque

66/1

Quiscover Fontaine

66/1

Merlins Wish

100/1

Quinz

100/1

Tour Des Champs

100/1

Sergeant Pink

100/1

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