Punchestown – Seeing Out The Distance DVD
This fantastic documentary gives a thrilling insight into the unique Punchestown Horse Racing Festival both past and present with footage from several cracking races. There are interviews with leading owners, trainers and jockeys, both 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 Dreapers training yards. Not to mention the fashion, style, celebrities, and pundits.
Backed up with archive footage and photos, contributors delve into the past when races were over banks and stonewalls and when the first VIP visits were Royal. Having had a close association with the military it portrays Captain Laurence Oates (Antarctic explorer) whose horse won the Grand Military Cup in 1905. Also, the programme looks back at many memorable moments including the late legendary trainer Paddy Mullins’ first win, great horses that graced it’s grounds (including Arkle and Istabraq) and the ‘Match Race’ between Buck House and Dawn Run.
“A brilliant, colourful and fast evocation of the spirit of Punchestown — the heartbeat of Irish history on the hoof.”
· Sir Peter O’Sullevan, The Voice of Racing.
“The Arkle of National Hunt DVDs ….In a class of its own. A must see.”
· Roy Curtis, Chief sports writer, The Sunday World
“Really captures the magic of Irish jump racing. Beautifully shot and lovingly pieced together.”
· Mark Costello, Deputy Editor, The Irish Field
“This is a wonderful insight to one of the great racing festivals. It is very cleverly put together – blending the past and present to give not just the essence of Punchestown, but also of Irish jump racing.”
· John Greene, Sports Editor, Sunday Independent
“Seeing Out The Distance is a wonderfully warm piece of work, a beautiful film that manages to capture perfectly one of the most special weeks in the racing calendar at a special venue. Watching it just makes you long for next year’s festival to hurry up.”
· Jonathan Mullin, editor, Irish Racing Post
Also available in NTSC format (USA and Canada)
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes