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John Durkan Memorial Chase

The John Durkan Memorial Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt race in Ireland. It is run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs at Punchestown in December.

The race was first run in 1968 and it was run over a distance of 2 miles until 1973. It has been run over today's distance since then apart from in 1993 and 1994, where if was run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs.


  • Most successful horse - Straight Fort (1971, 1972), Fort Fox (1976, 1977), Jack Of Trumps (1978, 1979), Bobsline (1984, 1986), Merry Gale (1994, 1995), Native Upmanship (2000, 2002) 2 wins each
  • Most successful jockey - Niall Madden Sr. (1978/, 1979, 1980) 3 wins
  • Most successful trainer - Jim Dreaper (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1990, 1994, 1995) 7 wins


  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".





1968 Bold Fencer Joe Crowley A S O'Brien
1969 Kinloch Brae Timmy Hyde Willie O'Grady
1970 East Bound Sean Barker Tom Dreaper
1971 Straight Fort Eddie Wright Jim Dreaper
1972 Straight Fort Eddie Wright Jim Dreaper
1973 Lean Forward P McLoughlin Jim Dreaper
1974 Lough Inagh Sean Barker Jim Dreaper
1975 Captain Christy Bobby Coonan Pat Taaffe
1976 Fort Fox Frank Berry J R Cox
1977 Fort Fox Thomas McGivern J R Cox
1978 Jack Of Trumps Mr. Niall Madden Sr. Edward O'Grady
1979 Jack Of Trumps Mr. Niall Madden Sr. Edward O'Grady
1980 Chinrullah Mick O'Toole Niall Madden Sr.
1981 Tacroy Tommy Carmody Michael O'Brien
1982 Choreli P Walsh Michael O'Brien
1983 Ballinacurra Lad P Leech John Fowler
1984 Bobsline Frank Berry Francis Flood
1985 Dawn Run Anthony Mullins Paddy Mullins
1986 Bobsline Frank Berry Francis Flood
1987 Excursion Mr. John Queally G Stewart
1988 Hungary Hur Tommy Carmody John Mulhern
1989 Maid Of Money Anthony Powell John Fowler
1990 Carvills' Hill Kevin Morgan Jim Dreaper
1991 Garamycin Brendan Sheridan Willie Deacon
1992 Gold Options Mark Dwyer P McCreery
1993 Cahervillahow Norman Williamson Mouse Morris
1994 Merry Gale Kevin O'Brien Jim Dreaper
1995 Merry Gale Richard Dunwoody Jim Dreaper
1996 Royal Mountbrowne Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1997 Dorans Pride Richard Dunwoody Michael Hourigan
1998 Imperial Call Paul Carberry Raymond Hurley
1999 Buck Rogers Ken Whelan Victor Bowen
2000 Native Upmanship Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
2001 Florida Pearl Paul Carberry Willie Mullins
2002 Native Upmanship Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
2003 Beef or Salmon Timmy Murphy Michael Hourigan
2004 Kicking King Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe
2005 Hi Cloy Andrew McNamara Michael Hourigan
2006 In Compliance Barry Geraghty Michael O'Brien
2007 The Listener Daryl Jacob Robert Alner
2008 Noland Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls
2009 Joncol Alain Cawley Paul Nolan


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