Boylesports.com International Hurdle
|Grade 2 race|
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||2m 1f (3,420 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
The Boylesports.com International is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 1 furlong (3,420 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in December.
The event was established in 1963, and it was originally called the Cheltenham Trial Hurdle. The inaugural running was won by Scottish Memories, and in the following two years it was won by the Champion Hurdle winners Magic Court and Salmon Spray. Its title was changed to the Bula Hurdle in 1977, in honour of Bula, a dual-winner of the Champion Hurdle who was successful in this contest in 1972.
The first triple-winner of the Bula Hurdle was Bird's Nest, whose third victory came in 1980. This feat was matched in the late 1990s by Relkeel, a horse subsequently honoured by the naming of different race on the same card, the Relkeel Hurdle.
The bookmaker Boylesports began sponsoring the event in 2006, and since then it has been known as the Boylesports.com International. The total prize fund in 2009 was £150,000, plus a bonus of £200,000 to the winner for victory in that season's Champion Hurdle. The last horse to win both races was Rooster Booster in 2002–03.
Most successful horse (3 wins):
- Bird's Nest – 1977, 1978, 1980
- Relkeel – 1997, 1998, 1999
Leading jockey (4 wins):
- Richard Johnson – Relkeel (1997, 1999), Rooster Booster (2002), Detroit City (2006)
Leading trainer (4 wins):
- Bob Turnell – Salmon Spray (1965), Bird's Nest (1977, 1978, 1980)
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
|1963||Scottish Memories||9||C. Finnegan||Arthur Thomas|
|1964||Magic Court||6||Pat McCarron||Tommy Robson|
|1965||Salmon Spray||7||Johnny Haine||Bob Turnell|
|1966||Sempervivum||8||Willie Robinson||Fulke Walwyn|
|no race 1967|
|1968||Solway Sands||4||Brian Fletcher||John McMurchie|
|1969||Celtic Gold||7||Stan Murphy||Arthur Stephenson|
|1970||Pendil ||5||Paul Kelleway||Fred Winter|
|1971||Canasta Lad||5||Jeff King||Peter Bailey|
|1972||Bula||7||Paul Kelleway||Fred Winter|
|1973||Comedy of Errors||6||Bill Smith||Fred Rimell|
|1974||Comedy of Errors||7||Ken White||Fred Rimell|
|1975||Sea Pigeon||5||Jonjo O'Neill||Gordon W. Richards|
|no race 1976|
|1977||Bird's Nest||7||Andrew Turnell||Bob Turnell|
|1978||Bird's Nest||8||Andrew Turnell||Bob Turnell|
|1979||Celtic Ryde||4||Martin O'Halloran||Peter Cundell|
|1980||Bird's Nest||10||Andrew Turnell||Bob Turnell|
|no race 1981 |
|1982||Ekbalco||6||Jonjo O'Neill||Roger Fisher|
|1983||Amarach||5||Jimmy Duggan||Roger Fisher|
|1984||Browne's Gazette||6||Mr Ronnie Beggan||Monica Dickinson|
|1985||Corporal Clinger||6||Paul Leach||Martin Pipe|
|1986||Floyd||6||Colin Brown||David Elsworth|
|1987||Pat's Jester||4||Peter Niven||Dick Allan|
|1988||Condor Pan||5||Charlie Swan||Jim Bolger|
|1989||Cruising Altitude||6||Jamie Osborne||Oliver Sherwood|
|no race 1990 |
|1991||Royal Derbi||6||Declan Murphy||Neville Callaghan|
|1992||Halkopous||6||Adrian Maguire||Mark Tompkins|
|1993||Staunch Friend||5||Declan Murphy||Mark Tompkins|
|1994||Large Action||6||Jamie Osborne||Oliver Sherwood|
|no race 1995|
|1996||Large Action||8||Jamie Osborne||Oliver Sherwood|
|1997||Relkeel||8||Richard Johnson||David Nicholson|
|1998||Relkeel||9||Adrian Maguire||David Nicholson|
|1999||Relkeel||10||Richard Johnson||Alan King|
|2000||Geos||5||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|2001||Valiramix ||5||Tony McCoy||Martin Pipe|
|2002||Rooster Booster||8||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2003||Rigmarole||5||Robert Thornton||Paul Nicholls|
|2004||Back in Front||7||Davy Russell||Edward O'Grady|
|2005||Harchibald||6||Paul Carberry||Noel Meade|
|2006||Detroit City||4||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2007||Osana||5||Paddy Brennan||David Pipe|
|2008||Binocular ||4||Tony McCoy||Nicky Henderson|
|2009||Khyber Kim||7||Paddy Brennan||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
1 Dondieu finished first in 1970, but was relegated to second place after a stewards' inquiry.
2 The race was abandoned in 1981 and 1990 because of snow.
3 The 2001 running took place at Newbury.
4 The 2008 edition was held at Ascot.
- cheltenham.co.uk – Boylesports International Media Guide (2009).
- pedigreequery.com – Boylesports.com International.
- Recurring sporting events established in 1963 – this race is included under its original title, Cheltenham Trial Hurdle.