National Hunt Festival Winners 2008

Punchestown 2008 opening day: Tuesday, 22 April

Race Distance Value Winner
DNG Nationwide Steeplechase for the Ladies Perpetual Cup 3m €16,000 Wedger Pardy
Champion Novice Hurdle 2m €110,000 Jered
The Gain Horse Feeds Handicap Hurdle 2m €77,000 Bambootcha

Kerrygold Champion Steeplechase

2m €200,000 Twist Magic
Hanover Quay Champion Novice Steeplechase 3m 1f €110,000 Air Force One
Goffs Land Rover Bumper 2m €75,000 Quiscover Fontaine
The Irish Sun (Pro/Am) Flat Race 2m €16,000 No Stopping Sarah

The 2008 Kerrygold Champion Steeplechase went to Twist Magic, who showed the form that saw him win the Tingle Creek Chase to claim a two length victory over stable-mate Natal.

Punchestown winners on Wednesday, 23 April

Race Distance Value Winner
The Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle 2m €30,000 Here Comes Sally
The Evening Herald Hurdle 2m, 2f €30,000 Solwhit
Oberstown Developments Novice Hurdle 2m €50,000 Got Attitude

Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup

3m, 1f €275,000 Neptune Collonges
Ulster Bank Handicap Steeplechase 2m, 4f €85,000 Notable D’Estruval
Paddy Power Champion I.N.H. Flat Race 2m €110,000 Cousin Vinny Novice Steeplechase 2m, 2f €30,000 Freds Benefit

The feature Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup saw Neptune Collonges winning for the second time!

Punchestown winners on Thursday, 24 April

Race Distance Value


The AON Hurdle 2m, 4f €30,000 Kalahari King
Avon Ri Corporate & Leisure Resort Steeplechase for the La Touche Cup 4m, 2f €50,000 Oh Jackie
The Cathal Ryan Memorial Swordlestown Cup Novice Steeplechase 2m €110,000 Big Zeb

The One 51 Handicap Steeplechase

2m €50,000 Irish Invader

The World Series Hurdle

3m €200,000 Blazing Bailey
The Real Estate Alliance Handicap Hurdle 3m €50,000 Hidden Agent
Masterchefs Hospitality (Pro/Am) Flat Race 2m €20,000 Go Native

Punchestown winners on Friday, 25 April

Race Distance Value


The KFM Hunters Steeplechase for the Bishopscourt Cup 2m €12,000 White Head
The Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa Handicap Steeplechase 3m, 6f €50,000 Arbor Supreme Novice Handicap Steeplechase

2m, 5f €110,000 Scotsirish

ACC Bank Champion Hurdle

2m €220,000 Punjabi
Land Rover Champion Novice Hurdle 2m, 4f €110,000 Tranquil Sea
The Star Best For Racing Coverage Novice Hurdle 2m €30,000 I Hear A Symphony
Bewleys Hotels & European Breeders Fund National Hunt Fillies Premier Bumper 2m €100,000 Otterstown Lady
The Yes To Carrotts (Pro/Am) Flat Race 2m, 2f €16,000 Bob Lingo

The feature ACC Bank Champion Hurdle saw Punjabi take the prize and is now priced under 15/1 by William Hill for the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in 2009.

Punchestown winners on Saturday, 26 April

Race Distance Value Winner
The Ellen Construction Steeplechase 3m €15,000 Garde Champetre
The Bewleys Hotels Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Hurdle 2m, 2f €100,000 Oscar Rebel
The Whitewater Centre Pat Taaffe Handicap Steeplechase 3m, 1f €80,000 Emma Jane

The Eventus Marquees Champion Four Year Old Hurdle

2m €110,000 Won In The Dark
The Ballymore 25th Anniversary Hurdle 2m, 4f €220,000 Brave Right
The Cox’s Cash & Carry Champion Hunters Steeplechase 3m, 1f €40,000 Agus A Vic
The Peggy Barry-Walsh Memorial (Pro/Am) Flat Race 2m, 1f €15,000 On Raglan Road
Diageo Ireland Punchestown Charity S’stk 1m, 7f €0 Concrete And Clay

Could you have predicted the National Hunt Festival winners?