Punchestown Day One

There are three grade ones on the card as Willie Mullins looks to steal a march on Gordon Elliott

Patrick Madden Tue, Apr 25
 
LIVE: Punchestown Day One

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  • 15:25

    Good afternoon!

    Welcome to our coverage of the opening day of the 2017 Punchestown Festival.

    The dust has barely settled since a thrilling week in Cheltenham, but already we stand on the brink of the end of the jumps season.

    But before the curtain comes down on a vintage few months there is plenty more to enjoy - starting with three grade ones today.

    We'll be bringing you all the action from Kildare between now and Saturday, as Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott trade those final few blows in a bid to be crowned champion trainer.

    Enjoy, and be lucky.

    Come on!!!

  • 15:28
    The going at Punchestown is good to firm.
  • 15:32

    TODAY'S CARD:

    3.40 Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Bree Memorial Chase
    4.20 Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
    4.55 Killashee Handicap Hurdle
    5.30 Champion Chase (Grade 1)
    6.05 Goffs Land Rover Bumper
    6.40 Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1)
    7.15 Dooley Insurances Flat Race

  • 15:35
    You can read Brian O'Connor's opening day preview HERE, while guest tipster Tony Keenan returns this week and you can read his picks for Tuesday HERE.
  • 15:39

    Five mintues to go until the opening memorial chase:


    Here's the betting:


    ENNISKILLEN 6/4
    EQUAL STATUS 9/2
    NEED TO KNOW 5/1
    TREO ELIE 5/1
    BLUE TEMPLAR 12/1
    FROGGY 20/1
    MIA'S MILAN 20/1
    OSCAR DAY 20/1
    BAR 33/1

  • 15:41
    THEY'RE OFF AT PUNCHESTOWN!
  • 15:42
    There's no coverage of the opening race so I'll bring you the full result as soon as it's through.
  • 15:47
    ENNISKILLEN WINS THE OPENER! Treo Elie second and Blue Templar third.
  • 15:49
    Unfortunately we've hit some serious technical issues and the liveblog will be suspended until they're resolved and we're re-hooved. Apologies.