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Opening Day of Punchestown 2018

Punchestown 2018 kicked into full gear yesterday and our new Chief Experience Officer, Stephen Maher, was there to capture it all.


Press pass in hand, Stephan had a prime trackside position to see all the action and was given an up-close look at the competitors in the parade ring.

Before the first race, Stephen decided to gird his loins and place a bet. He must have seen something in the eyes of his horse as it passed in the parade ring, because his luck was in and a hefty €10 bet landed a whopping €60 return.


With his winnings burning a hole in his pocket, Stephen made his way to the Punchestown Shopping Village where over 40 exhibitors from Ireland, the UK and France showcase their wears in a marquee.


Laden down with shopping bags, Stephen returned to the action to soak up the atmosphere of the final race of the day.


The opening day of the Punchestown festival looked like great craic, but as Stephen said, “Is it ever any other way?”