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.

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Quel Esprit 9/4
Rubi Light 3
Captain Chris 9/2
First Lieutenant -
Follow The Plan 8
Quantitativeeasing 9
Roberto Goldback 14
Realt Dubh -
Apt Approach 16
Noble Prince 16
Quito De La Roque -
Bostons Angel 25
China Rock -
Magnanimity 33
Captain Cee Bee -

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?

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