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Deloitte Novice Hurdle

The Deloitte Novice Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of about 2 miles and 2 furlongs (3,621 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in February.

The race was established in 1987, and during its early years it was sponsored by Paddy Power and Le Coq Hardi. The current sponsor, Deloitte, has supported the event since 1992. The race continued as the Deloitte and Touche Novice Hurdle until 2003, and it has been known by its present title since 2004.

Winners of the Deloitte Novice Hurdle usually go on to compete in either the Supreme Novices' Hurdle or the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. Those to have also achieved victory in one of those races are Danoli, Istabraq, Like-a-Butterfly and Brave Inca.



  • Most successful jockeyPaul Carberry, 6 wins (1996, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009)
  • Most successful trainer – Noel Meade, 4 wins (1998, 2006, 2007, 2009)







1987 Midsummer Gamble 6 Mark Dwyer Dermot Weld
1988 Carvill's Hill 6 Ken Morgan Jim Dreaper
1989 Naevog 6 M. T. Browne Liam Browne
1990 Scally Owen 6 Tony Mullins Paddy Mullins
1991 General Idea 6 Brendan Sheridan Dermot Weld
1992 Flashing Steel 7 Kevin O'Brien John Mulhern
1993 Boro Eight 7 Adrian Maguire Paddy Mullins
1994 Danoli 6 Charlie Swan Tom Foley
1995 Hotel Minella 8 Graham Bradley Aidan O'Brien
1996 Bolino Star 5 Paul Carberry Sean Treacy
1997 Istabraq 5 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1998 Native Estates 6 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
1999 Alexander Banquet 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2000 Youlneverwalkalone 6 Conor O'Dwyer Christy Roche
2001 Colonel Braxton 6 Kieran Kelly Dessie Hughes
2002 Like-a-Butterfly 8 Charlie Swan Christy Roche
2003 Solerina 6 Paul Carberry James Bowe
2004 Brave Inca 6 Barry Cash Colm Murphy
2005 Royal Paradise 5 Mick Fitzgerald Tom Foley
2006 Mr Nosie 5 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2007 Aran Concerto 6 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2008 Forpadydeplasterer 6 Davy Russell Tom Cooper
2009 Pandorama 6 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2010 Dunguib 7 Brian O'Connell Philip Fenton


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