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Preview: Punchestown - Seeing out The Distance   DVD

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



"The Arkle of national hunt a class of its own. A must see". 

-- Roy Curtis, Chief Sports Writer, The Sunday World

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  "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....."   

-- Jonathan Mullin, Editor, Irish Racing Post



“Really captures the magic of Irish jump racing, beautifully shot and lovingly pieced  together”  


-- Mark Costello, Deputy Editor, The Irish Field

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"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



Entertaining.........Delves into the rich history of Punchestown and profiles many of the characters who have made it such a succuss.


--  John Martin, Irish Daily Star.



Beautifully narrated .....................

 --- John Kelly , The Irish Times


In short, the DVD is a trip through Irish racing – its past, its present, its impact, its reach, its fun. The camera work is great, the commentary is superb, the interviews will make you laugh and wonder and think. Nothing could replace an actual visit to Punchestown, but Seeing Out The Distance makes a nice substitute.The Steeplechase Times, USA -- Joe Clancy......  (Read Full Review)