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Irish Champion Hurdle

The Irish Champion 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 in late January.

The event was established in 1950, and it is now one of two Irish races, along with the Punchestown Champion Hurdle, which can be seen as equivalents of the Champion Hurdle in England. The most recent winner of the Leopardstown version to win the Champion Hurdle in the same season was Brave Inca in 2006. The Irish Champion Hurdle was sponsored by AIG Europe from 1993 to 2008, and since then it has been backed by Toshiba.



  • Most successful horseIstabraq, 4 wins (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
  • Most successful jockeyCharlie Swan, 6 wins (1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
  • Most successful trainerAidan O'Brien, 4 wins (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)


  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".






1950 Hatton's Grace 10 R. J. O'Ryan Vincent O'Brien
1951 Penny on the Jack 5 B. Cooper D. St. J. Gough
1952 Domaghmore T. P. Burns Paddy Sleator
1953 Limeona 5 J. J. Rafferty D. Kirwan
1954 La Laun 6 M. R. Magee J. T. Doyle
1955 no race 1955
1956 Triomphe Eddie Harty J. Mangan
1957 Caesar's Helm 6 C. Finnegan A. C. Bryce-Smith
1958 Albany Star W. J. Brennan G. Robinson
1959 Floor Show 9 Bobby Beasley Paddy Sleator
1960 Albergo 6 S. Page Clem Magnier
1961 Albergo 7 Doug Page Clem Magnier
1962 Rainlough Toss Taaffe Tom Taaffe
1963 Winning Fair 8 Mr Alan Lillingston George Spencer
1964 Flyingbolt 5 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1965 Havago 6 C. Finnegan Paddy Sleator
1966 Gypsando 7 C. Finnegan Captain C. B. Harty
1967 Mr Twomey Mr John Kiely J. Cullen
1968 Muir 9 Ben Hannon Tom Dreaper
1969 L'Escargot 6 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1970 no race 1970
1971 Lockyersleigh 8 Tommy Carberry Paddy Mullins
1972 Super Day Mr John Fowler G. St. John Nolan
1973 Captain Christy 6 Bobby Beasley Pat Taaffe
1974 Flashy Boy Tommy Carberry A. Watson
1975 Ribosaint 6 Frank Berry Phonsie O'Brien
1976 Prominent King 4 Frank Berry Kevin Prendergast
1977 Master Monday 7 John Harty L. Quirke
1978 Prominent King 6 Bobby Coonan Kevin Prendergast
1979 Connaught Ranger 5 Colin Tinkler Fred Rimell
1980 Twinburn 5 T. A. Quinn Tony Redmond
1981 Daring Run 6 Mr Ted Walsh Peter McCreery
1982 Daring Run 7 Mr Ted Walsh Peter McCreery
1983 Royal Vulcan 5 Jonjo O'Neill Neville Callaghan
1984 Dawn Run 6 Jonjo O'Neill Paddy Mullins
1985 Fredcoteri 9 Tom Taaffe Arthur Moore
1986 Herbert United 7 Harry Rogers Des McDonogh
1987 Deep Idol 7 Brendan Sheridan P. D. Osborne
1988 Classical Charm 5 Ken Morgan Al O'Connell
1989 Kingsmill 6 Declan Murphy Tommy Stack
1990 Nomadic Way 5 Brendan Powell Barry Hills
1991 Nordic Surprise 4 Charlie Swan Jim Bolger
1992 Chirkpar 5 Liam Cusack Jim Bolger
1993 Royal Derbi 8 Declan Murphy Neville Callaghan
1994 Fortune and Fame 7 Adrian Maguire Dermot Weld
1995 Fortune and Fame [1] 8 Mark Dwyer Dermot Weld
1996 Collier Bay 6 Jamie Osborne Jim Old
1997 Cockney Lad 8 Richard Hughes Noel Meade
1998 Istabraq 6 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1999 Istabraq 7 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2000 Istabraq 8 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2001 Istabraq 9 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2002 Ned Kelly 6 Norman Williamson Edward O'Grady
2003 Like-a-Butterfly 9 Charlie Swan Christy Roche
2004 Foreman 6 Thierry Doumen Thierry Doumen
2005 Macs Joy 6 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2006 Brave Inca 8 Tony McCoy Colm Murphy
2007 Hardy Eustace 10 Conor O'Dwyer Dessie Hughes
2008 Sizing Europe 6 Andrew J. McNamara Henry de Bromhead
2009 Brave Inca 11 Ruby Walsh Colm Murphy
2010 Solwhit 6 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes

1 The 1995 running took place at Fairyhouse.


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