|Hardy Eustace is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sterna Star by Archway. He was born around 1997 in Ireland, and was bred by Patrick Boyce.|
Goffs Land Rover Bumper (2002)|
Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (2002)
Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle (2003)
Champion Hurdle (2004, 2005)
Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2004)
Red Mills Trial Hurdle (2005)
Ascot Hurdle (2006, 2007)
Irish Champion Hurdle (2007)
Morgiana Hurdle (2008)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Hardy Eustace is a tough and consistent racehorse trained in Ireland by Dessie Hughes and owned by Laurence Byrne.
He made his debut in a National Hunt Flat race at Punchestown in March 2002, where he finished an 11 length 5th of 17 runners. He improved for his debut run in his next start as he won the valuable Goofs Land Rover Bumper at Fairyhouse in April. He went on to have one more run in his debut season, where he finished 6th in the Grade 1 champion I.N.H Flat Race at Punchestown. He began the 2002/03 season with a warm up run in a flat race at Navan, where he finished 5th. In his next race, which was his first over hurdles, Hardy Eustace showed the benefit of this run, when he won a maiden hurdle at Punchestown, only to later have the race taken away from him as he was disqualified. He was straight up to Grade 1 class for his next start in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle which he won by 1 1/2 lengths from Back In Front. He then won another novice hurdle, before finishing 2nd to Solerina in the Deloitte & Touche Novice Hurdle. He then went to the Cheltenham Festival in March 2003, where he won the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle. He had one more run that season, where he finished 5th behind Iris's Gift in Sefton Novices' Hurdle.
He began the 2003/04 season with a warm up run on the flat at Navan again, which he won. He then went on to finish 2nd behind Rosaker in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan, before finishing a very disappointing last in the December Festival Hurdle. He did however improve on that in his next two runs, where he finished runner up in both Cleeve Hurdle and the Red Mills Trial Hurdle. After this, Hardy Eustace came back to Cheltenham for the Champion Hurdle, for which he was sent off an 33/1 chance for the race. However, he belied his long odds and won the race wit a game front running performance, with Rooster Booster back in 2nd. He followed that up with another victory over Rooster Booster in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle, which was his last run for the season.
The following season (2004/05), he was placed in his first 3 run of the season, the Tara Hurdle, December Festival Hurdle and the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle. He then went to Gowran Park to win the Red Mills Trial Hurdle, before coming back to Cheltenham for the [Champion Hurdle again, where he was sent off the 7/2 joint favourite. He was out in front throughout the race, but looked very much a sitting duck as Harchibald came alongside cruising, Hardy Eustace however dug in deep and found more for pressure to win again by a neck.
The 2005/06 season began with a comfortable success for Hardy Eustace at Punchestown, where he returned at odds of 1/8. He then disappointed in the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle, where he finished last of seven runners behind the winner, Brave Inca. After that he came back to Cheltenham where he was looking to win the Champion Hurdle for the 3rd year running, but could only finish 3rd in the race behind Brave Inca. He had 2 more runs that season, where he finished 2nd in the Aintree Hurdle and 3rd in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
He started the 2006/07 season with his usual warm up run on the flat, where he finished 6th in a Curragh Handicap. He then went on to win the Ascot Hurdle, before finishing 2nd to Detroit City in the Bula Hurdle. He then went back to Leopardstown where he won the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle. He had two more runs that season, but failed to win, finishing 4th in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and 3rd in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
The following season (2007/08), Hardy Eustace started with his customary warm up run on the flat, before the he went on to win the Ascot Hurdle again, beating Afsoun. He was then stepped up 3 miles plus for the first time in the Long Walk Hurdle, but could only finished 2nd to Lough Derg. He then went on to fill the runner up birth in his next two starts, in the December Festival Hurdle and the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle. Hardy Eustace then returned to Cheltenham again, but this time he ran in the World Hurdle, but could only finish 12th to reigning champion, Inglis Drever.
In his first race in the 2008/09 season, he started in the Grade 1 Maplewood Developments Hurdle, where he was sent of the 14/1 outsider of 4 runners, but he rolled back the years to record a 2 1/2 length victory over Sizing Europe. He followed that with a creditable 3rd behind Catch Me in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at the end of November at Fairyhouse.
Hardy Eustace was retired at the end of 2009.
- ↑ "Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Eustace retired after loss". BBC Sport. 1 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/horse_racing/8437112.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-13.