THE CARLOW training yard of Willie Mullins will be featured in a documentary set to air on TG4 on November 24. The documentary, entitled 'Punchestown - Seeing out the distance' gives an insight into one of the most special weeks in the Irish racing calendar, the unique Punchestown Horse Racing Festival. Revolving around the 2011 festival, it contains footage from several cracking races and a guided tour of the famous LaTouche Banks Course.
There are interviews with leading owners, trainers and jockeys, both from Ireland and the UK. Also included are visits to Mullins' and Jim Dreaper's training yards. Not to mention the fashion, style, celebrities and pundits.
Cleverly put together, blending the past and present it really captures the essence of Punchestown. Backed up with wonderful 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.
Nothing could replace an actual visit to Punchestown, but Seeing Out The Distance makes a nice substitute.
Broadcast on TG4, Saturday 24th November at 9.20pm, and available on TG4 player for world wide viewing www.tg4.ie until the 15th December.