Punchestown Racecourse, situated near Naas in County Kildare, Ireland, is widely regarded as the home of Irish Jump Racing. Steeped in tradition and renowned for its electric atmosphere, it attracts racing enthusiasts from all over the world. Here's a closer look:

Crown Jewel: Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival: Held annually in late April/early May, this prestigious five-day festival is the highlight of the Irish jump racing season. It features top-class horses, jockeys, and trainers competing for glory in 12 Grade 1 races, including the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup and the Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle.
Year-Round Racing: While the festival is its crowning achievement, Punchestown also hosts additional race meetings throughout the season, typically from September to June.
Right-Handed, Undulating Track: The track itself presents a challenge for both horses and jockeys. It's a right-handed course with an undulating terrain, featuring a hurdle course of one mile six furlongs and a chase course of two miles. Punchestown also boasts the only cross country banks course in Ireland, adding another layer of excitement to some races.