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Champion Four Year Old Hurdle

Grade 1 race
Champion Four Year Old Hurdle
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Airshow 100
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-year-olds
Weight 11 st 0 lb
5 lb for fillies
Purse 90,000 (2010)
1st: €55,800

The Champion Four Year Old Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years. It is run at Punchestown over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are nine 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.

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, and the last to win both events was Katarino in 1999.



Leading jockey since 1980 (3 wins):

  • Charlie SwanShawiya (1993), Glenstal Flagship (1994), Topacio (2000)

Leading trainer since 1980 (4 wins):

  • Paddy Mullins – Pearlstone (1980), Derrymore Boy (1986), Grabel (1987), Mounamara (1991)

Winners since 1980

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".





1980 Pearlstone Sean Treacy Paddy Mullins
1981 Tie Anchor Tom Morgan Paddy Prendergast, Jr.
1982 Bustineto Niall Madden Mick O'Toole
1983 Grateful Heir Mr Dermot Browne Liam Browne
1984 Clarinbridge Brian Nolan Jim Bolger
1985 Atherstone Pat Leech Noel Meade
1986 Derrymore Boy Tony Mullins Paddy Mullins
1987 Grabel Tony Mullins Paddy Mullins
1988 Allen's Mistake Brendan Sheridan Dermot Weld
1989 Royal Derbi Graham McCourt Neville Callaghan
1990 Orbis Tommy Carmody Jim Bolger
1991 Mounamara Tommy Carmody Paddy Mullins
1992 Staunch Friend Steve Smith Eccles Mark Tompkins
1993 Shawiya Charlie Swan Michael O'Brien
1994 Glenstal Flagship Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1995 Shaihar Kevin O'Brien Michael O'Brien
1996 Shaunies Lady Tony McCoy Aidan O'Brien
1997 Grimes Conor O'Dwyer Christy Roche
1998 Zafarabad Richard Johnson David Nicholson
1999 Katarino Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2000 Topacio Charlie Swan Pat Hughes
2001 Holy Orders [1] Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2002 Quazar Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2003 Sporazene Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Cherub Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2005 United Leighton Aspell Lucy Wadham
2006 Quatre Heures Mick Fitzgerald Willie Mullins
2007 Punjabi Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2008 Won in the Dark Davy Russell Sabrina Harty
2009 Jumbo Rio Andrew J. McNamara Edward O'Grady
2010 Barizan Jason Maguire Evan Williams

1 The 2001 running took place at Fairyhouse.

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