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Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle

Grade 1 race
Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Swordlestown Stud
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 10 st 13 lb (4yo);
11 st 10 lb (5yo+)
5 lb for fillies and mares
Purse 85,000 (2010)
1st: €52,700

The Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Punchestown over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are twelve hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.

Previous sponsors of the race have included Menolly Homes, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Land Rover. The present sponsor, Swordlestown Stud, began supporting the race in 2010, and it is now named in memory of the stud's former owner Cathal Ryan.[1]

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, and the last to win both races was Mikael d'Haguenet in 2009.



Leading jockey since 1995 (6 wins):

  • Ruby WalshDavenport Milenium (2002), Nobody Told Me (2003), Sadlers Wings (2004), Nicanor (2006), Glencove Marina (2007), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009)

Leading trainer since 1995 (5 wins):

  • Willie MullinsDavenport Milenium (2002), Nobody Told Me (2003), Sadlers Wings (2004), Glencove Marina (2007), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009)

Winners since 1995

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".






1995 Treble Bob 5 Richard Dunwoody Dermot Weld
1996 Castlekellyleader 7 Tommy Treacy Paddy Mullins
1997 Istabraq 5 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1998 Ballygowan Beauty 6 Conor O'Dwyer Michael Hourigan
1999 Native Upmanship 6 Tommy Treacy Arthur Moore
2000 What's Up Boys 6 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2001 Colonel Braxton [1] 6 Kieran Kelly Dessie Hughes
2002 Davenport Milenium 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2003 Nobody Told Me 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2004 Sadlers Wings 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2005 Asian Maze 6 Paul Carberry Tom Mullins
2006 Nicanor 5 Ruby Walsh Noel Meade
2007 Glencove Marina 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2008 Tranquil Sea 6 Andrew J. McNamara Edward O'Grady
2009 Mikael d'Haguenet 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Reve de Sivola 5 Daryl Jacob Nick Williams

1 The 2001 running took place at Fairyhouse.

See also


  1. "Cathal Ryan Memorial Novice Hurdle". punchestown.com. March 25, 2010. http://www.punchestown.com/news.asp?n=39. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 


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