Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle
|Grade 1 race|
|Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle|
Co. Kildare, Ireland
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||2m 4f (4,023 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
|Weight||10 st 13 lb (4yo);|
11 st 10 lb (5yo+)
5 lb for fillies and mares
The Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice 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 Punchestown over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are twelve hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.
Previous sponsors of the race have included Menolly Homes, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Land Rover. The present sponsor, Swordlestown Stud, began supporting the race in 2010, and it is now named in memory of the stud's former owner Cathal Ryan.
Leading jockey since 1995 (6 wins):
- Ruby Walsh – Davenport Milenium (2002), Nobody Told Me (2003), Sadlers Wings (2004), Nicanor (2006), Glencove Marina (2007), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009)
Leading trainer since 1995 (5 wins):
- Willie Mullins – Davenport Milenium (2002), Nobody Told Me (2003), Sadlers Wings (2004), Glencove Marina (2007), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009)
Winners since 1995
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
|1995||Treble Bob||5||Richard Dunwoody||Dermot Weld|
|1996||Castlekellyleader||7||Tommy Treacy||Paddy Mullins|
|1997||Istabraq||5||Charlie Swan||Aidan O'Brien|
|1998||Ballygowan Beauty||6||Conor O'Dwyer||Michael Hourigan|
|1999||Native Upmanship||6||Tommy Treacy||Arthur Moore|
|2000||What's Up Boys||6||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2001||Colonel Braxton ||6||Kieran Kelly||Dessie Hughes|
|2002||Davenport Milenium||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2003||Nobody Told Me||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2004||Sadlers Wings||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2005||Asian Maze||6||Paul Carberry||Tom Mullins|
|2006||Nicanor||5||Ruby Walsh||Noel Meade|
|2007||Glencove Marina||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2008||Tranquil Sea||6||Andrew J. McNamara||Edward O'Grady|
|2009||Mikael d'Haguenet||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2010||Reve de Sivola||5||Daryl Jacob||Nick Williams|
- pedigreequery.com – Dunboyne Castle Champion Novice Hurdle – Punchestown.
- pedigreequery.com – Land Rover Champion Novice Hurdle – Punchestown.
- racenewsonline.co.uk – Racenews Archive (April 25, 2003).