PUNCHESTOWN Racecourse have announced a major new sponsorship agreement that will see the Ireland’s premier National Hunt Flat race run under the new title, The Race and Stay at Punchestown Champion Bumper. This new multi-year sponsorship deal will kick off on day two of the 2022 Punchestown Festival, Wednesday 27 April. It is a fitting partnership for the Kildare track as the home of Irish jump racing prepares to welcome festival crowds for the first time since 2019. Teaming up with Race and Stay, Ireland’s premier horse racing tour company, provides Punchestown guests with an all-inclusive hotel, ticket and transport package solution arranged by experts.
The €100,000 Grade 1 Race and Stay at Punchestown Champion Bumper is Ireland’s most prestigious INH Flat Race. History making champion trainer Willie Mullins has a stranglehold on this contest winning eight of the last 10 running’s bringing his tally to a total of ten wins.
The 2021 Race and Stay at Punchestown Champion Bumper winner Kilcruit provided legendary qualified rider Derek O’Connor with his first ever victory in the race. Following this memorable win O’Connor emphasised the prestige of the coveted contest: “That’s the most prestigious race. The Punchestown Champion Bumper is the race that every amateur wants to win. It has taken me a long time but was great to finally do it,”
Race and Stay, CEO Martyn Pipe welcomed the announcement: “We are delighted to be sponsoring The Champion Bumper, one of the seasons most prestigious races. The Punchestown Festival is a truly unique and exciting event and one that our guests love going to, making this partnership the perfect fit for us.
“We have brought many guests to Punchestown in the past and with demand for memorable horse racing experiences at an all-time high we are looking forward to bringing many more to the festival and other Punchestown meetings this year and hopefully long into the future.
“Our unique service offers racing fans bespoke and exclusive Irish Racing experiences that can be tailored to perfectly suit a group size or budget, and, like Punchestown, we look forward to welcoming guests back for a great racing break to what promises to be a fabulous and memorable festival this year.”
Conor O’Neill, Punchestown CEO highlighted the benefits of the partnership as preparations for what is dubbed as The Great Comeback Festival added: “People make Punchestown. We say it time and time again. Our main aim is to make the Punchestown visitor experience as enjoyable and hassle free as possible. We welcome a huge number of guests from throughout Ireland, the UK and beyond. To team up with Race and Stay means we can now provide an all-inclusive package solution for our customers so they can book, race, stay and return year after year”.
The 2022 Punchestown Festival takes place from Tuesday 26April to Saturday 30 April 2022. As preparations continue ahead of the return of racegoers to one of Ireland’s favourite social and sporting events the early bird festival ticket promotion continues and having commenced at 50% is now at 10% discount. Hospitality sales continue to exceed expectations with Festival Friday almost completely sold out and various venues throughout the week approaching full capacity.
Plan To Race And Stay As Punchestown Announce Major New Sponsor Deal
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