Punchestown Festival 2019

Sir Anthony McCoy, rider of a record 4,357 winners and Brand Ambassador for Close Brothers, shares his tips for five days of racing at the Punchestown Festival.

Punchestown is the highlight of the Irish racing calendar. It’s the end of the season and there is a Grade 1 race every single day, so there are a lot of races in the week with a lot of prize money to be won. We'll be adding AP's tips for the event here throughout the week.

Friday 3rd May - BETDAQ Champion Hurdle Day

15:40 - The KFM Hunters Steeplechase for the Bishopscourt Cup

AP’s tip Change Your Story

16:15 - The EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Steeplechase (Grade A)

AP’s tip Beyond The Law

16:50 - The Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Mares Hanicap Steeplecase (Grade B)

AP’s tip Moyhenna

17:30 - The Grade 1 BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle

AP’s tip Buveur D'Air

18:05 - The Grade 1 Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle

AP’s tip City Island

18:40 - The Star Best For Racing Coverage Champion Hunters Chase

AP’s tip Stand Up And Fight

19:15 - The Sales Sense International Novice Hurdle

AP’s tip Gardens of Babylon

19:40 - The GVA Donal o'Buachalla Property Advisors INH Flat Race

AP’s tip Royal Theif


Thursday 2nd May - Ladbrooks Champion Stayers Hurdle Day

15:40 - JLT Handicap Hurdle

AP’s tip Sil Ver Klass

16:15 - Pigsback.com Handicap Chase

AP’s tip Impact Factor

16:50 - Mongey Communications La Touche Cup Cross Country Chase

AP’s tip Josies Orders

17:30 - Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle

AP’s tip Barcardys

18:05 - Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle

AP’s tip Small Farm each way. Three Musketeers to win

18:40 - Ryanair Novice Chase

AP’s tip Defi Du Seuill

19:15 - Close Brothers Mares Novice Hurdle

AP’s tip Elfile – Willie Mullins trained, ran very well in the Grade 1 last time in Fairyhouse

19:40 - Kildare Post (C & G) INH Flat Race

AP’s tip Cayd Boy


Wednesday 1st May - Coral Punchestown Gold Cup Day

15.40 – Adare Manor Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle

AP’s tip Thereisnodoubt

16.20 - Connolly's RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final

AP’s tip Zero Ten

16.55 – Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle

AP’s tip Paloma Blue, ridden by Rachael Blackmore

17.30 - Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle

AP’s tip Minella Indo

18.05 - Coral Punchestown Gold Cup (Chase)

AP’s tip Bellshill

18.40 - Racing Post App Champion I.N.H Flat Race For The Conyngham Cup

AP’s tip Colreevy

19.10 - Guinness Handicap Chase

AP’s tip Class Conti

19.45 - Weatherbys General Stud Book Irish EBF Mares INH Flat Race

AP’s tip Gypsy Island


Tuesday 30th April - BoyleSports Champion Chase Day 

15:40  - Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase For The Ladies Perpetual Cup

AP’s tip – Blue Templar

16:20 - Herald Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

AP’s tip – Klassical Dream

16:55 - Killashee Handicap Hurdle (grade B)

AP’s tip – Belargus

17:30 - Boylesports Champion Chase (Grade 1)

AP’s tip – Min

18:40 - Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1)

AP’s tip – Delta Work

Please note that the opinions expressed are those of Sir Anthony McCoy and not those of Close Brothers Group plc.

Article published on 2 May 2019. Horses running may be subject to change.


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