The Double Bank, Punchestown

139| Tod Ramos (British, b. 1956)

The Double Bank, Punchestown

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Oil on canvas, 36" x 48"

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$9000 - $12000

Provenance: Richmond Gallery, London, Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone

Tod Ramos The Double Bank, Punchestown aka ‘Ruby’s Double’

Racing at Ireland’s Punchestown has been taking place for nearly 200 years, with the first meeting said to have occurred there in 1824. When the Kildare Hunt Club took over in 1850, it set out to erect a grandstand, which was completed in time for the first two-day meeting in 1854. By the mid 1860s, when fences and hurdles were first introduced, attendance is said to have been close to 40,000. Among the crowd in 1868 was then Prince of Wales, Albert Edward. The feature race, the Prince of Wales Plate, was established that same year in honor of the royal visit. Other featured races during that era include the Kildare Hunt Cup and the Corinthian Cup. The Conyngham Cup, which was inaugurated in 1854, is historically the highlight of the season for amateur riders.

Punchestown Racecourse is a very fair track, with the hurdles course spanning one mile and six furlongs, while the chase track is two miles. It is a right-handed, galloping, undulating track with a steady uphill run through the last five furlongs, providing a stiff finish. It is a very fair test of a jumper with 11 fences to a circuit.
The hurdles track is slightly trickier, with a downhill section after the winning post while the cross-country course is long and twisting, with a variety of banks and other obstacles, with many hurdles and fences. The hills known as “Ruby’s Double”—named after jockey Ruby Walsh—are very testing with two banks in close proximity and can often see horses lose all momentum. The final brush fence is the sole obstacle jumped on the racecourse proper before the final straight.

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