Punchestown Festival 2023 dates, race times and day-by-day schedule

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Galopin Des Champs jumps a fence at Punchestown


Punchestown is ready to bring the curtain down on the National Hunt season with five fab days of action.

There are 12 Grade 1s among the 40 races on the schedule for the 2023 Punchestown Festival between Tuesday, April 25 and Saturday, April 29 including the Paddy Power Irish Champion Hurdle as State Man bids to confirm his standing as the leading horse over timber in Ireland.

Plenty of stars will be on show with Gold Cup hero Galopin Des Champs, back-to-back Champion Chase victor Energumene and Supreme scorer Marine Nationale among the Cheltenham Festival winners set to go for big-meeting doubles.

The latest antepost Punchestown Festival odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise the race times and day-by-day schedule for this year’s fiesta are below.

Punchestown Festival 2023 race times

Day 1 – Tuesday, April 25

3.40pm: Howden Insurance Brokers Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed)
4.15pm: Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
4.50pm: Killashee Hotel Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
5.25pm: William Hill Champion Chase (Grade 1)
5.55pm: Goffs Defender Bumper
6.30pm: Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1)
7.00pm: Kildare Hunt Club Cross Country Chase
7.35pm: Oak Lodge Landscapes Flat Race of €15,000

Day 2 – Wednesday, April 26

3.40pm: Adare Manor Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle
4.15pm: Connolly’s Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final
4.50pm: Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle
5.20pm: Irish Mirror (War of Attrition) Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
5.55pm: Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1)
6.30pm: Race and Stay at Punchestown Champion I.N.H Flat Race (Grade 1)
7.00pm: HSS Laois Hire (L’Escargot) Handicap Chase (Grade A)
7.35pm: Weatherbys GSB Irish EBF Mares Flat Race (Grade 3)

Day 3 – Thursday, April 27

3.40pm: Specialist Joinery Group Handicap Hurdle
4.15pm: Pigsback.com Handicap Chase (Grade B)
4.50pm: Mongey Communications La Touche Cup Cross Country Steeplechase
5.25pm: Champion Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1)
6.00pm: Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
6.35pm: Barberstown Castle Novice Chase (Grade 1)
7.05pm: Close Brothers Irish EBF Mares Handicap Chase
7.35pm: JP&M Doyle (C&G) Flat Race

Day 4 – Friday, April 28

3.40pm: Stanley Asphalt Hunters Chase for the Bishopscourt Cup
4.15pm: EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase (Grade A)
4.50pm: Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Mares Chase (Grade 2)
5.25pm: Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
6.00pm: Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
6.35pm: Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Chase
7.05pm: SalesSense International Novice Hurdle
7.35pm: Avison Young INH Flat Race

Day 5 – Saturday, April 29

2.35pm: Donohue Solutions Cross Country Chase
3.10pm: Colm Quinn BMW Handicap Chase
3.50pm: Coolmore N.H. Sires Mogul Irish EBF Mares Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
4.25pm: Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase (Grade B)
5.00pm: Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (Grade 1)
5.30pm: Setanta Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
6.05pm: Lawlors Hotel (Pro Am) Flat Race
6.35pm: Carry an Organ Donor Card Punchestown Charity Race

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