Sir Peter O'Sullevan - The voice of racing quotes "A brilliant, colourful and fast evocation of the spirit of Punchestown - the heartbeat of Irish history on the hoof".This fantastic documentary gives a thrilling insight into the unique Punchestown Horseracing Festival both past and present, with footage from several cracking races. There are interviews with leading owners, trainers and jockeys, from Ireland and the UK. Participants include, Barry Geraghty, Conor O'Dwyer, Edward O' Grady, Ken Whelan, Jim Dreaper, JP Mc Manus, Mouse Morris, Nicky Henderson, Noel Meade, Paul Carberry, Paul Nichols, Paul Townend, Tony and Willie Mullins. Also included are visits to Willie Mullins' and Jim Dreaper's training yards. Not to mention the fashion, style, celebrities, and pundits.
Backed up with archive footage and photos, the programme delves into the past when races were over banks and stonewalls, when the first VIP visits were royal and it also portrays Captain Laurence Oates (Antarctic Explorer) whose horse won the Grand Military Cup in 1905.
It recalls great memorable moments including the late legendary trainer Paddy Mullins' first win, the great horses that graced its grounds (including Arkle and Istabraq) and the 'Match Race' between Buck House and Dawn Run.
Run Time: 1 Hour 18 Minutes