Champagne flows again at Punchestown races
"Champagne! In victory, one deserves it. In defeat, one needs it" - Napoleon Bonaparte.
Revellers at Punchestown races followed the French conqueror's advice last week when they popped enough Bollinger champagne to quench the thirst of an entire army. Whether their horses powered past the winning post or fell at the first hurdle, racegoers drank bubbles from their long-stemmed glasses like it was the good oul' days.
Over five days, 3,210 bottles of Bollinger, 36 magnums and five ginormous jeroboams (three-litre bottles) of the same champagne were downed by party-loving revellers, according to Punchestown sources.
Helicopters were even seen back in the skies and Punchestown manager Dick O'Sullivan said sales of corporate tickets were the best on record, ranging up to €200 per head.
He said: "We are full up right now in corporate. It means that we have 17,000 in for the week and there are no spare seats. That's the first time it ever happened to us."
Meanwhile, developer Sean Mulryan was back with a private box at the Kildare racecourse.
Mr O'Sullivan said: "In the heart, he never left. But I couldn't tell you exactly when he came back," when asked about his post-Nama return.