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Alan Magee

Alan Magee

The facts and figures of Punchestown 2019

Sat 4th May 2019, 19:18

Ruby Walsh retires after winning the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on the Willie Mullins-trained Kemboy
© Photo Healy Racing

A record attendance of 37,206 for Family Day at Punchestown this afternoon rounded off a highly successful Festival meeting at the Co. Kildare venue.

The total attendance over the five days of 126,880 was just marginally down on last year’s figure of 127,489.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins was once again the leading trainer with 11 winners, and Kemboy’s triumph in the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup was one of six Grade 1 winners for the Closutton maestro on the week.

Newly crowned champion jockey Paul Townend was also the leading rider at Punchestown, with Un De Sceaux’s BoyleSports Champion Chase victory the highlight of his five winner haul.

The betting ring enjoyed something of a revival over the five days at Punchestown, with a general downward trend in Irish racing extending more than a decade finally reversed.

The total bookmakers’ turnover for the five-day Festival of €5,215,413 showed an increase of over €300,000 on last year’s total of €4,906,282.

Conversely the Tote aggregate was down sharply on the figure 12 months ago, although much of this can be attributed to changes in arrangements with international pools.

The Tote aggregate this week of €2,581,491 is down about 40% compared with the 2018 total of €4,416,560.

THE IRISH TIMES