Lots more racing to go
THE Punchestown festival got off to an action-packed start with Willie Mullins-trained Douvan taking The Herald Champion Novice Hurdle.
Ruby Walsh claimed victory by six-and-a-half lengths watched by another racing legend, Tony McCoy, enjoying his retirement from a seat in the stand.
More than 20,000 people turned out for the first day's racing.
Among them were Taoiseach Enda Kenny, RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and former Miss World Rosanna Davison.
Herald columnist Rosanna co-judged yesterday's most stylish lady competition, with the overall best-dressed lady to be announced on Friday.
There's a lot more racing to come as the event runs until Saturday.
Here's hoping the weather holds off for the thousands more who will descend on the Co Kildare course for what many punters consider to be the highlight of the racing calendar.