The Punchestown Festival is one of the highlights in the racing calendar
The 2016 Festival runs froms Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th April 2016.
The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendar. The special combination of thrilling sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and drink, family fun, dazzling glamour or casual comfort is unequalled thanks to the unique Punchestown Festival atmosphere.
Racing: The Punchestown Festival is considered the grande finale of the jump season with top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish sea converging on the Kildare venue to settle scores and confirm reputations. The quality of racing is unrivalled with a total of 12 Grade 1 contests taking place. Punchestown is proud to be the home of Irish National Hunt Racing and host the famous La Touche Cup, a spectators favourite run over the cross country course. It's a "must see" for any racing fan.
Tuesday: BoyleSports Champion Chase Day
The opening day is a feast for racing fans with three Grade 1 races including the feature BoyleSports Champion Chase. In addition there are two other Grade 1's, The Herald Champion Novice Hurdle over 2 miles and the Growise Novice Chase over 3 miles. There are 7 races this day. First race 3.40pm and the last race is at 7.15pm. Wednesday: Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup Day
The highlight of the chase calendar with the Grade 1 Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup. This day also features the hotly contested Attheraces.com Irish Champion Bumper,The Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle over 3 miles and the Weatherbys GSB EBF Mares Flat Race (Listed Race). First race 3.40pm and the last race is at 7.15pm. Thursday: The Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle Day
There are two Grade 1 races including the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle and the Ryanair Novice Chase over 2 miles not to mention the famous La Touche Cross Country race on day three of the festival. First race 3.40pm and the last race is at 7.15pm. Friday: The BETDAQ Champion Hurdle day
The jewel in the crown of the Festival. A favourite with race goers, locals and socialisers alike. This day gets the largest crowds and has a real party atmosphere. The quality of racing is fantastic with the best two mile hurdlers battling for the champion title.First race 3.40 last race 7.45pm. Saturday: The AES Festival Family Day
Since its introduction as a Festival day the Saturday has become the second biggest day of the entire event festival. The focus is on youth with the Champion 4 year old hurdle being the feature race. The Junior Jockey Fun Club is also available that day with pony rides, face painting, bouncy castles and so much more. A favourite with groups, locals and families. First race 2.30 last race 6.45pm.
Lincoln Handicap The Doncaster Racecourse Experience
We bring you an insight into the Doncaster Racecourse experience
The Lincoln Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres) at Doncaster in late March or early April.
It is traditionally the feature event on the first Saturday of Britain's turf flat racing season. It usually takes place one or two weeks before the Grand National, and for betting purposes the two races form the Spring Double.
This method of betting I am about to explain relies on using the very accurate betting forecast prices of a Daily Newspaper of specialist racing paper. This is a no-nonsense system, just priceless information that will probably have never occurred to you and will keep you in winning bets for years to come. As with any betting method try to stick with the given rules below.
This system can be used with any Daily newspaper that show how the favourites figured over the last seven years. At the bottom of the Daily Mail newspapers race card you will find a list of figures showing you the results over the last seven years. For example, 1 0 0 3 2 0 2 this would certainly be a race to avoid.
What you need to look for is a race where the first, second or third favourite has won every year. For example figures of, 1 2 3 1 2 1 3 this means the race has been run to form over the last seven-year period.
The first thing you must do is to choose a race in which an outsider has not won the race. You could limit it to a race where just 1 or 2 outsiders have won. This is shown with a zero (0).
When you have selected the appropriate race then select the first three in the betting forecast prices and place them in a combination Exacta bet . This will be six bets in total.
The combination bet you choose will depend on the betting forecast prices of these 3 horses. If the favourite is quoted at odds of 3/1 choose a four-horse combination Exacta bet which will be 12 bets in total
The forecast prices quoted in newspapers are a very accurate guide as the probable Starting Prices horses. On some occasions you could have a five-horse combination Exacta if the forecast favourite is in the 6/1 plus range as the race would be more competitive.
Start with a small betting bank and bet in as low as 10 pence stakes to try the method out. As your betting bank doubles then you could double your stakes. One of the specialist horse racing papers such as The Racing Post or The Sporting Life will have more accurate betting forecast prices but the Daily Mail is pretty good and is the paper I personally use myself.
Paul Coleman is a professional horse racing form expert. Paul runs a free Horse Racing email tipping service. You can join free at: http://www.racing-expert.co.uk