December Festival Hurdle
The December Festival 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 Leopardstown over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Christmas Festival meeting in late December.
Former titles of the event have included the Sean P. Graham Memorial Hurdle and the Bookmakers Hurdle. The race was first run in 1986, and it has held Grade 1 status since 2002. It is often used as a trial for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Two horses have won both races in the same season – Istabraq three times and Brave Inca once.
- Most successful horse – Istabraq, 4 wins (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001)
- Most successful jockey – Charlie Swan, 6 wins (1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001)
- Most successful trainer – Paddy Mullins, 6 wins (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994)
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
|1986||Derrymore Boy||4||Tony Mullins||Paddy Mullins|
|1987||Cloughtaney||6||Tony Mullins||Paddy Mullins|
|1988||Grabel||5||Mr Willie Mullins||Paddy Mullins|
|1989||Grabel||6||Tony Mullins||Paddy Mullins|
|1990||Grabel||7||Tony Mullins||Paddy Mullins|
|1991||Galevilla Express||4||Colin Bowens||Victor Bowens|
|1992||Novello Allegro||4||Charlie Swan||Noel Meade|
|1993||Fortune and Fame||6||Brendan Sheridan||Dermot Weld|
|1994||Boro Eight||8||Tommy Treacy||Paddy Mullins|
|1995||Kharasar||5||Mark Dwyer||Tony Mullins|
|1996||Theatreworld||4||Charlie Swan||Aidan O'Brien|
|1997||Istabraq||5||Charlie Swan||Aidan O'Brien|
|1998||Istabraq||6||Charlie Swan||Aidan O'Brien|
|1999||Istabraq||7||Charlie Swan||Aidan O'Brien|
|2000||Moscow Flyer||6||Barry Geraghty||Jessica Harrington|
|2001||Istabraq||9||Charlie Swan||Aidan O'Brien|
|2002||Liss A Paoraigh||7||Barry Geraghty||John Kiely|
|2003||Golden Cross||4||Adrian Lane||Michael Halford|
|2004||Macs Joy||5||Barry Geraghty||Jessica Harrington|
|2005||Brave Inca||7||Tony McCoy||Colm Murphy|
|2006||Brave Inca||8||Ruby Walsh||Colm Murphy|
|2007||Al Eile||7||Timmy Murphy||John Queally|
|2008||Sublimity||8||Philip Carberry||Robert Hennessy|
|2009||Solwhit||5||Davy Russell||Charles Byrnes|
- pedigreequery.com – December Festival Hurdle – Leopardstown.