NAAS is gearing up for Punchestown raceweek which takes place from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 April.
As one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendar the Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival offers unequalled sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and drink, family fun, dazzling glamour or casual comfort with the unique Punchestown Festival atmosphere.
The action gets underway on Tuesday with three Grade 1 races and is followed on Wednesday with Gold Cup Day. Thursday and Friday include the Champion Stayers Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle respectively and the week’s racing draws to a close with the AES Festival Family Day on Saturday.
This year’s festival welcomes back Ballymore Eustace resident and Chairman of the Ballymore Group Sean Mulryan as sponsor of the Ballymore Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles on the final day of the festival. The race which is worth €1000,000 is one of the most hotly contested races on the entire festival programme.
The search for the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady will be held over the first four days of the Punchestown Festival. Judges and style scouts will be tasked with finding the most stylish ladies in attendance and selecting a number of finalists each day. The daily winner will then progress to the grand final on Ladies Day, Friday 28 April.
Away from the track The Osprey Hotel is where it is at before and after the racing with Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey, Robbie Power, together with Leon Blanche of Boylesports providing great tips for punters while punters enjoy brunch each day in the bar at 12.30pm.
The entertainment throughout the week at The Osprey is varied with something for everyone to enjoy. Eoghan Burke plays from 9.30pm till late on Tuesday and Thursday, while Roisin Mc will get the crowd going on Wednesday night. Friday is the big night for entertainment at the hotel and venue which is legendary for its post racing entertainment. Manila Strings will play in the hotel on Friday evening. Also on Friday evening, one the country’s leading Abba cover bands, Abbaesque will play in the ballroom followed by a DJ. Meanwhile, at time: bar and venue the crowds will be rocking to the sounds of Riptide Movement and a jazz band will play in the restaurant.