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Paddypowerpoker.com Future Champions Novice Hurdle

The Future Champions Novice Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt race in Ireland. It is run at Leopardstown Racecourse at the end of December during the Christmas Festival, over a distance of 2 miles. The race was originally run over 2 miles and 2 furlongs, before being run over the present distance from 1997 onwards. It was awarded Grade 1 status in 2004 and is seen as a key race prior to the Cheltenham Festival in March.


  • Most successful jockey - Conor O'Dwyer (1999, 2004, 2007) 3 wins
  • Most successful trainer - Christy Roche (1996, 2000, 2006), Edward O'Grady (2000, 2001) 2 wins each

Recent Winners

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".





1996 Istabraq Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1997 His Song Richard Hughes Mouse Morris
1998 Joe Mac Charlie Swan Christy Roche
1999 Youlneverwalkalone Conor O'Dwyer Christy Roche
2000 Ned Kelly Norman Williamson Edward O'Grady
2001 Sacundai Adrain Maguire Edward O'Grady
2002 Solerina Ruby Walsh James Bowe
2003 Mariah Rollins David Casey Pat Fahy
2004 Royal Paradise Conor O'Dwyer Thomas Foley
2005 Mr Nosie Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2006 De Valira Andrew Lynch Michael O'Brien
2007 Whatuhink Conor O'Dwyer Oliver McKiernan
2008 Hurricane Fly Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2009 Hollo Ladies Davy Condon Noel Meade

See also


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