Drama, theatre, excellence and emotion were among the central themes of an epic Punchestown Festival which brought the curtain down on the 2017/’18 Irish National Hunt season last weekend.

The campaign reached a fitting crescendo last week with five days of superb racing and any amount of compelling storylines. For the second time in as many years the key narrative in the build up to Punchestown was the trainers’ championship battle between Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins and once again the latter carried the day.