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May 02, 2013

Punchestown Festival Attendances Breaks 100,000

punchestown_logo The 2013 Punchestown Festival concluded on a massive high on Saturday with a bumper crowd bringing the overall event attendance to 101,745. The final day is AES Family day at the Co. Kildare track and this year it attracted 24,254 people of all ages from every corner of the country.
This is the first time since 2008 that the six figure mark was exceeded and only the second time ever in the history of the event. The Punchestown Festival  broke an opening day record in 2013 with 18,605 pouring into the track on Tuesday to witness the imperious Sprinter Sacre in the Champion Chase.
As well as the super stars of the sport, Hurricane Fly, Quevega and Sir de Champ, both President Michael D. Higgins and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny enjoyed the event this year.
Welcoming the figure, Dick O’Sullivan, General Manager of Punchestown said, ‘It has been a thrilling Festival and we are delighted so many people enjoyed what has been a wonderful event this year. I would like to thank all those involved, owners, trainers, jockeys, sponsors and my own team here at Punchestown for making it possible, and most of all the racing public who came out in their droves this week’.