Premier Horse Racing ‘Race and Stay’ is ‘Racing Ahead’ of Targets

Thursday, April 27, 2023. 10:44pm
Premier Horse Racing 'Race and Stay' is 'Racing Ahead' of Targets

Ireland’s Premier Horse Racing Tour Company to bring 7,000 Racegoers to Irish Racecourses in 2023

Race and Stay, Ireland’s premier horse racing tour company will bring a staggering 7,000 visitors to Irish racecourses in 2023 with a large portion of that number of guests coming to the Punchestown Festival this year. The numbers are impressive, especially for County Kildare hotels, bars and restaurants as Race and Stay have booked 1,240 room nights in these hotels for Punchestown festival

Up to 130,000 racegoers are expected to descend on the Kildare track during the festival with thousands of people expected to visit from the UK alone.

Established in 2012 Race and Stay is the premier and largest horse racing tour company in Ireland and since its inception, has had over 35,000 people booking racing breaks, hospitality, stable and stud tours, golf and much more with them.

The company is an official guest partner for Punchestown and many other Irish Racecourses and offers guests a complete solution for horse racing breaks including hotel, accommodation, tickets, racecourse transport, airport transfers, hospitality and added value ‘money can’t buy’ added experiences such as private stable yard visits and access to leading stud farms, trainers, and riders.

The company signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Punchestown Racecourse last year which saw Ireland’s premier national hunt flat race going to post under its new title, The Race and Stay at Punchestown Champion INH Flat Race, a Grade 1 contest with a prize fund of €100,000. Run this year on Wednesday 26th April and featured on RTE and Racing TV.

Martyn Pipe, CEO of Race and Stay said, “The UK is our biggest market, and with the help of our valued racecourse and hotel partners we will bring over 6,000 UK visitors to Irish hotels and racecourses this year. The numbers are well ahead of our target and we are way past where we thought we would be last year. The demand is very high for horse racing experiences in Ireland, and bookings are very strong for all big race meetings throughout the summer and into 2024. Our clients want more than just a racing break, they want to really get under the skin of the industry and get bespoke racing experiences.”

He went on to say, “For a longer festival, such as Punchestown guests might not want to go racing every day, but they still might want to enjoy The Irish National Stud, golf, stable or stud tours or one of the many other events and activities we can arrange for them.”

We have a great team of dynamic people working with us and our excellent relationships with the racecourses, hotels and attractions we use make it a seamless and enjoyable experience and  is why our clients come back to us time and time again.”

The company prides itself on its horse racing expertise and its invaluable connections which allows guests the option to choose even more exclusive and bespoke packages. “We see ourselves as more than just a tour company and no matter your budget we can provide high end concierge style Irish Racing experiences.”

The 2023 Punchestown Festival takes place from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th of April 2023.

To view the Race and Stay Punchestown packages for 2023 please visit or call + 353 (0) 45 522795.

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