Punchestown Festival Betting

24 Apr 1997: Risk of Thunder leads the field at Punchestown in Ireland. Herbert /Allsport
Add to the excitement of the races by getting a head start with your Punchestown Festival betting! With a total prize fund at just over €2.5 million euros and 11 National Hunt Grade 1 races, the 2009 Punchestown Festival will be attracting the best horses from Ireland and the UK – as well as some top French horses.

2007 saw record Punchestown Festival betting, with a turnover of almost €18 million. Total bookmaker turnover was up by 11% and tote turnover went up by 7%. The 2008 festival also saw record attendance – a total of 106,000 spectators turned out to watch the races over five days. With another five days of top-class racing scheduled for 2009, organisers are expecting even bigger betting and bigger crowds.

The 2009 National Hunt Festival at Punchestown is due to run from Tuesday, 28 April to Sunday, 2 May. Chief among the draws of the festival will be the Kerrygold Champion Chase on Tuesday, the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup on Wednesday, the Champion Stayers’ Hurdle on Thursday and the ACC Bank Champion Hurdle on Friday.

Punchestown Festival Betting Tips

Excellent horse racing betting odds may be tempting, but it’s also a good idea to keep a few other factors in mind when placing bets.

  • Previous Punchestown Festival winners know the Punchestown Racecourse and have proved they have what it takes to stay the course and come out ahead. 2008 winners of the Punchestown Festival feature races were Neptune Collonges, Blazing Bailey, Twist Magic and Punjabi.
  • Because the Punchestown Festival occurs in April – right at the end of the National Hunt season and just two weeks after the Irish Grand National – you can base your bets on the performance of horses at other top racing events. Any horse with a winning streak at the Irish Grand National, Cheltenham and Aintree is an obvious horseracing betting choice.
  • For a win with the best-paying odds, look for potential champion horses that underperform in races prior to the one on which you plan to bet.
  • Recent good form doesn’t always indicate a likely position or win. Some horses may do better at particular distances or on certain courses – and of course, a surprise is always possible!