Our Punchestown tips for the 2017 Festival are all listed below, including full previews for every race. Our track record of profit proves our team of tipsters know how to pick winners, and they’ve worked hard to find plenty for this huge Irish meeting shown live on At The Races.
Day five of the 2017 Punchestown Festival takes place on Saturday 29th April and includes races such as the Punchestown Mares Champion Hurdle, Punchestown Champion Four Year Old Hurdle and the Ballymore Handicap Hurdle.
The fifth and final day of the Punchestown Festival takes place on Saturday 29th April 2017 and it is set to be a cracker. Our Punchestown tips will focus on two big Graded races – the Mares Champion Hurdle and the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle – plus the Grade B Ballymore Handicap Hurdle with a huge €59,000 first prize.
The opening day of the Punchestown Festival takes place on Tuesday 25th April 2017, and the feature race is the Champion Chase at 5.30pm. Our Punchestown tips will cover this race and the other six too, including the Champion Novice Hurdle and the 6.05pm bumper for horses of the future, along with the 4.55pm Killashee Handicap Hurdle which is always an exciting race.
Day Two takes place on Wednesday 26th April 2017 and our Punchestown tips will focus on the big race of the Festival – the Punchestown Gold Cup. Run over three miles, the winner receives just short of €150,000 and we are hopeful to see the return of Coneygree for the first time since November. Other highlights of the day include the Champion Bumper and the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle for the up and coming stayers.
Day Three of the Festival is on Thursday 27th April 2017 and the highlight for our Punchestown tips is the Champion Stayers Hurdle, run over three miles. Nichols Canyon, Lil Rockerfeller and Unowhatimeanharry – the first three finishes in the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle – look set for an exciting rematch.
The fourth and penultimate day of the 2017 Punchestown Festival takes place on Friday 28th April, with our Punchestown tips focusing around the Punchestown Champion Hurdle. Run over two miles and with nine hurdles to be taken, Annie Power looks set to return to the track following over a year off due to injury in what would be a fascinating come back. Also featuring on the day is the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Hurdle Hurdle run over two miles, four furlongs – the same distance as the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
- 3.40pm – Bishopscourt Cup Chase
- 4.20pm – EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase
- 4.55pm – Glencarraig Lady Mares Handicap Chase
- 5.30pm – Punchestown Champion Hurdle
- 6.05pm – Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle
- 6.40pm – Punchestown Champion Hunters Chase
- 7.10pm – Donohue Marquees Novice Hurdle
- 7.45pm – GVA Donal O’Buachalla Property Advisors Flat Race
When do you update your Punchestown tips?
Our expert tipsters update our Punchestown tips on the day before the race in the majority of cases, although for the bigger races we may post tips up to a week in advance if we think a horse is an extremely good bet. Every one of our team of tipsters will analyse each Punchestown race before coming to a joint conclusion, meaning you get the benefit of years of experience going into every race!
Our individual race previews will be updated at the five day declaration stage for each race, and then again at the final declaration stage when the exact line up and the final jockey bookings are confirmed. Our Punchestown tips take all this into account (and more), hence when they are only updated on the day before the race. For the biggest races, the final fields are normally confirmed two days before, but jockey bookings may only be confirmed the day before despite this.
How do you pick your Punchestown tips?
We pick our Punchestown Festival tips by considering a number of different factors. These are too many to list, but include:
- Going; how we expect the horse will perform on the ground, which we expect to be Good or Good to Firm depending on the rainfall this week
- Form; if the horse is in good form, may be well handicapped on old form, or may improve for a change in race conditions
- Course; if the horse has run well or even won before at Punchestown or a similar track
- Distance; if a horse has run well before the trip or shown potential
- Previous betting patterns
- Future form; how the form of the horse’s rivals has worked out in future races
- Trainer and jockey form
What channel can I watch the Festival on?
In Ireland, the racing is shown live on RTE 1 or RTE 2. In previous years, the Festival has been shown on RTE 1 until the news comes on at 6pm, and the racing is then moved to RTE 2.
In the UK, unfortunately Punchestown Festival isn’t shown live on terrestrial TV. It is, however, shown in full on At The Races, along with plenty of analysis and commentary. Alternatively, most major bookmakers should show the racing live in store or on live streaming.
Where should I bet on Punchestown Festival?
Our free bets page contains all the best sign up and existing customer offers for Punchestown Festival. We’ll also put the best offers in our previews, including extra places on Each Way terms, money back specials, or enhanced odds on well fancied runners.