Punchestown National Hunt festival commences this week. This is one of the largest National Hunt events in the country and with horse racing and the Maigueside district the Home of National Hunt racing and Croom supplying the top Jockeys to National Hunt racing with the family name of the McNamaras who have been part and parcel of horse racing for well over a hundred years. All eyes will be on the McNamara brothers, Andrew and Robert and their cousin John Thomas. John Thomas had a warmer up for his forth coming meeting in Punchestown when he rode Hot Friend in the confine Maiden at Ballysteen point to point on Sunday last. The week has started well for the McNamara riders and hopefully the three outstanding sportsmen will bring home a string of winners from the premiere events of National Hunt racing


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