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19 Apr 22 17:09
Date Joined: 01 Nov 06
| Topic/replies: 33 | Blogger: hyper25's blog
How late can you leave it before buying tickets ,as in when will it be sold out?
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Report strontium April 19, 2022 6:04 PM BST
The Friday usually sells out about 6 weeks in adavnce.

Thursday sold out this year, I believe, for the first time ever.
Report hyper25 April 20, 2022 1:31 AM BST
Report irishone April 29, 2022 6:15 AM BST
Suggest you try Punchestown next year lads
The standard of racing is a lot higher dont have to queue for the bog
And you can get a drink easy enough
Report strontium April 29, 2022 3:24 PM BST
Yeah, the hunter chase for farmers from Kildare is a real step up on Cheltenham, quality wise.
Report Hibore April 30, 2022 10:12 AM BST
Dublin festival is a trial for Cheltenham and Punchestown is an afterthought.
Tickets available every day tells its own story. Even Irish don’t go.
Report strontium May 1, 2022 10:32 AM BST
The qualty of the DRF is nearly as good as that of Cheltenham because there are no intermediate trip or mares races to hide in and the British are so weak so you get most of the best horses anyway. It's not impossible that is Cheltenham continues to dilute its quality, the DRF will become the principal festival of the season racing quality-wise.

Meanwhile, I'd say that, quality wise, the Leopardstwon Christmas festival is better than Punchestown.
Report Hibore May 1, 2022 4:41 PM BST
DRF will be principle meeting of the year quality wise.

And you wonder why this forum has only 5 or 6 contributors ?
Report Bentring May 1, 2022 7:08 PM BST
You're always with yourself,so you might as enjoy the company.
Report Bentring May 1, 2022 7:08 PM BST
Report irishone May 2, 2022 2:25 PM BST
The DRF is just behind punchestown in my book. The great thing about Punchestown is the number of people who actually go to see the racing and the horses. You get plenty of posers at Cheltenham, stay in the bar all day watching the t v or by the photostand so they can make their appearance viral. Galway has that as well. A social occasion more than a horse meeting.
Report irishone May 2, 2022 7:03 PM BST
The idiocy of the British
Irish horses slaughter them every year on their own patch , and they think the quality of Cheltenham is the best in the world.....

How stupid !
Report layingisthewayforward May 3, 2022 5:30 PM BST
If you love xcountry races, bumpers and 1/4 shots in the grade 1s then yeah punchestown is far better than Cheltenham Crazy
Report irishone May 9, 2022 7:26 PM BST
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My Punchestown trip underlines how badly British racegoers have it

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I promise to start writing about horses and betting soon, but outside of playing golf, going racing is my favourite pastime and a fabulous trip to Punchestown last week made me want to get something off my chest.

There have been plenty of negative comments recently about the fall in attendance rates at the racecourse, and my short response to that would be: why is anyone surprised?

We've just been through/are still in a pandemic, the cost of living is going through the roof and is only going to get worse, and the prices at the racecourse have skyrocketed too.

There is only so much money to go around, and every time a casual racegoer heads to the track and finds out how much a day at the races is going to cost them they are going to think hard about making another visit.

Food prices on course have always been at the limit of acceptability and drink prices have arguably gone beyond that. It was £7 for a pint of Guinness at the Cheltenham Festival and £6.80 on bet365 Gold Cup day at Sandown, where one day earlier in the year I paid £42 for a bog-standard bottle of Sauvignon.


My Twitter timeline during the Cheltenham Festival was full of people moaning about the costs and declaring their intention to not to return and, as someone who goes racing whenever I can at the weekends, I have heard many people talk of their displeasure at the pricing structure.

The Punchestown festival last week was "a breath of fresh air" according to Paul Kealy
The Punchestown festival last week was "a breath of fresh air" according to Paul Kealy
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It surely doesn't have to be this way, and certainly not judging by my experience at Punchestown.

If you haven't been to the Punchestown festival, I suggest you put it on your bucket list and get there when you can. It's true there are some average races and that some of the Grade 1s feature small fields with short-priced favourites, but is that much different from Cheltenham these days?

Here's what you get that is different from the major festivals in Britain based on my experience from Tuesday to Thursday last week:

1) Entry at an affordable price – there was a cheaper option, but 40 euros got you entry to the Reserved Enclosure, which gives you plenty of places to go.

2) Space to breathe – unlike the other major festivals it doesn't get completely rammed. There was plenty of space to move around and no ridiculous queues either for the bars or bathrooms.

3) A fun, relaxed atmosphere – the Irish love their racing, particularly the jumps, and the British who go there do too. The Brits who want to go racing just to get smashed stay at home.

4) Drinks at a reasonable price – it was just six euros for a Guinness last week, which is little more than a fiver at the current exchange rate. If Punchestown can do it, why can't courses in Britain be reasonable too? It's greed, pure and simple. And in Ireland they accept cash, too – the currency of the racecourse.

5) Bar staff who know what they're doing – the pint you get when you first go to the bar will not be the first pint a student has ever poured in their life. One day at Sandown not so long ago, I ordered a Guinness only for the young girl to give me a pint glass two-thirds full. When I asked her to top it up, she said: "Oh what, you want more?" You couldn't make it up (and I promise I haven't), but while we all know finding hospitality staff is hard, training them, even briefly, before they start shouldn't be.

Punchestown last week was a breath of fresh air, and when I left I was in no doubt that I would do whatever I could to go back again next year. I wonder how many people experience that sort of feeling on a British racecourse these days?

They say the economy will get worse before it gets better. Racecourse attendances will get worse too, but if the tracks don't start giving punters an experience to remember for the right reasons, they will not bounce back.
Report irishone May 9, 2022 7:30 PM BST
Feck me ....a brit has copped on
Report layingisthewayforward May 24, 2022 9:20 AM BST
Less crowded, slightly cheaper beer and good atmosphere, absolutely agree with all of that. I've travelled over to Ireland many times to go racing however if you're talking top quality championship racing, Cheltenham wins fairly easily imo of course.
Report layingisthewayforward May 24, 2022 9:21 AM BST
Oh and cheaper entry in ireland.
Report Hibore May 25, 2022 11:03 AM BST
Royal Ascot parking is £60 per day and guest badges have jumped from £120 to £195 over last 5 years. Sold out now.
It’s supply vrs demand unfortunately and Cheltenham will be sold out Gold Cup Friday 2023 whatever they charge.
Report strontium May 26, 2022 12:23 PM BST
I suspect that's right for 2023, but I don;t know if it's right longer term. If they keep increasing the price and decreasing the quality, eventually people will lose interest. Test matches at Lord's are a good example of this - they used to reliably sell out months in advance for days 1 to 3, but now the seats are much more expensive, and they don't all sell. It is possible that the extra cost of each individual seat more than makes up for the lower sales in terms of overall revenue, but it's a doubtful business model going forward.
Report irishone May 29, 2022 7:57 AM BST
Cheltenham only wins bevause the Irish are there.
Report irishone May 29, 2022 7:59 AM BST

Shame the English are too scared to send any over ExcitedLaughLaughLaugh
Report Hibore September 16, 2022 8:17 PM BST
Renewed my membership today and seat for the season. The seats are nearly sold out when last year only about 5% had been taken by October meeting. People realised it was the best and most comfortable way to enjoy the best 4 days of racing last year.

If you are a member and want best seat in the house with includes two bars, coffee shop and bookies only accessible by seat holders in the festival then ring Cheltenham asap before they are all gone. There are two sets of toilets as well Laugh

All set for 21st and 22nd Oct and first meeting. Roll on the season.
Report Bentring October 18, 2022 6:23 PM BST
Obviously never heard of drop the RP down to the mates
Report hyper25 January 17, 2023 9:03 AM GMT
When does the tickets usually get posted out
Report Bentring January 17, 2023 10:03 AM GMT
Posted out?
Tickets for DRF are on my phone are the English still backward
Report Hibore January 17, 2023 11:58 AM GMT
Hyper, I received the tickets I purchased for individuals going with us just on the Friday last Saturday via Royal Mail recorded delivery. So they are being sent out now. If you haven’t got them in 7 days I’d give them a call.
Report jimnast January 17, 2023 12:23 PM GMT

Whilst I do have Saturdays on my phone I have yet to receive Sundays .
Report Bentring January 17, 2023 1:14 PM GMT
What I said was in jest by the way friends across the sea,strange you didn't get them all together jimnast
Report jimnast January 17, 2023 2:49 PM GMT
I have spoke to the racecourse (always very helpful to deal with)and they said if not sorted by the Saturday just call in the office.

No offence whatsoever taken by me regarding the posted tickets ,one thing I do know without adding to irishone relentless stick he gives us ,is that ringing racecourses,hotels or restaurants in Ireland is different class human beings answer telephones and what ever you need gets sorted out.
Report Bentring January 17, 2023 4:12 PM GMT
That's good to know jimnast always think tye Irish hotels are different class for comfort,stayed in Edinburgh Liverpool London and cheltenham oh also Wetherby and none compared with Ireland so I hope all your etays are enjoyable one's(that's to all on the forum)
Bit of advice drink you're Guinness in a bar and not the hotels as find more flow in a bar,preferably one that doesn't do food.

Leopardstown punchestown or Fairyhouse are very accommodating in picking up tickets in the office.
Booking hotels is best done directly with the hotel
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