Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup

Of all National Hunt Grade 1 races scheduled to be run over the course of the 2008 Punchestown Festival, the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup offers the biggest prize fund, at €275,000.

Traditionally run as Wednesday’s feature race at the Punchestown Festival, the Punchestown Guinness Cup is a 3 mile, 1 furlong race that attracts the top Irish and UK racers. Winners of the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup include Neptune Collonges, Imperial Call, Kicking King and War of Attrition – all also Cheltenham Gold Cup winners. Legendary Florida Pearl, First Gold and Beef Or Salmon have also won this race.

2008 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup

In 2008 the Guinness Gold Cup was won by Neptune Collonges for the second time in a row (no other horse has achieved this), ridden by top Punchestown Festival jockey Ruby Walsh, trained by UK-based Paul Nicholls and owned by John Hales. Neptune Collonges began as 9/10 favourite and he went on to capture the race at seven lengths against second-position Snowy Morning. The race favourite at odds of 7/2, Mossbank took third position. Fourth was secured by Mister Top Notch.

Of the 2007 win by Neptune Collonges, trainer Paul Nicholls said, “He’s always threatened to be a decent horse – he would have been second to Exotic Dancer at Cheltenham and is still only a six-year-old. This was the ideal race for him as I’m not sure he actually likes Cheltenham; he much prefers a track like this.”

For details of other Grade 1 wins at the 2007 Punchestown Festival, see 2007 Punchestown Grade 1 winners. For a full list of all the 2008 results, see our 2008 National Hunt Festival winners page. Who do you think will win the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup?