Punchestown racecourse is delighted to announce that the prestigious leading trainer and jockey award at this year’s Punchestown Festival will be sponsored by Lemongrass restaurant, Citywest. The winning most trainer and jockey will each receive a cheque to the value of €2,000.
Should Willie Mullins continue his dominance of the Punchestown Festival he could retain the title for the seventh consecutive year. Meanwhile Ruby Walsh has claimed the honours in his respective category nine times in the last 12 years. Paul Carberry interrupted Walsh’s run on two occasions, 2002 and again in 2005. Paul Townend claimed the title in 2010 in the absence of Walsh who was side lined with an injury.
Looking forward to the festival and welcoming the news Ruby Walsh said “The Lemongrass Citywest Leading Trainer and Jockey prize at the Punchestown Festival is a super prize and rivals that offered by any other track or festival both in Ireland and the UK. It is an excellent bonus to what is already a brilliant festival of racing”.
Camilla Grey, Lemongrass Citywest proprietor stated “We are excited to be part of the Punchestown Festival in our role as sponsor of the Leading Trainer and Jockey award. The festival is a social and sporting highlight of the Irish calendar with the best of racing talent on display and we are delighted to recognise such talent. Being a local event means that we also have opportunities to showcase Lemongrass Citywest as an ideal pre and après racing destination. We are looking forward to welcoming festival goers through the doors next week and beyond”.
Liam Holton, Director of Marketing at Punchestown said “We have great pleasure in welcoming Lemongrass Citywest as sponsors of the Leading Trainer and Jockey at the Punchestown Festival. This partnership is an excellent fit as Lemongrass Citywest is a local company offering an ideal venue for pre and post race dining. Infact as part of the sponsorship arrangement we had a truly delicious lunch at Lemongrass Citywest and can highly recommend it! Racegoers and media will be kept up to date throughout the festival with our on-course scoreboard and daily updates”.
The Punchestown Festival runs from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th April. First race goes to post at 3.40 Tuesday to Friday and 2.30 on Saturday. Gates open at 12 noon each day. Visit www.punchestown.com for further information.