The climax of the Irish national hunt season sees all eyes turn to Punchestown. The five day Punchestown Festival plays host to 12 Grade 1 contests in what is the closest thing Ireland has to the Cheltenham Festival. Outside of the main event, the course is host to the Morgiana Hurdle, won three times by Irish hurdling legend Hurricane Fly.
The fences are fairly easy in comparison to some courses, while the steady climb up the home straight isn’t overly steep. Inside of the traditional course is Punchestown’s Banks course, which hosts a number of cross country contests throughout the season.