Punchestown is still at the races
Almost 98,000 racegoers passed through the turnstiles at Punchestown Racecourse last week, keeping attendance at the National Hunt Festival on a par with last year, despite a lower international attendance, writes Michelle Devane.
The number of British visitors to the Kildare track was down by about 8,000 because of the travel disruption from the volcanic ash cloud.
However, local punters made up the numbers, according to Punchestown chairman David Mongey. ‘‘Even though we’ve missed the cross channel visitors, we’ve still held our crowd numbers.
‘‘The locals have come out to support us and the weather has definitely helped,” Mongey said.
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