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Punchestown Champion Hurdle

Grade 1 race
Punchestown Champion Hurdle
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Rabobank
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 2 lb (4yo);
11 st 12 lb (5yo+)
Allowances
5 lb for fillies and mares
Purse 170,000 (2010)
1st: €102,000

The Punchestown 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 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 scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.

The present version of the race was introduced in 1999, and it was initially sponsored by Shell. Several different sponsors have followed, including Emo Oil and ACCBank. Its current sponsor, Rabobank, began supporting the race in 2009.

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, and the last to win both events in the same year was Hardy Eustace in 2004. For a period the race was restricted to horses aged five or older, but the minimum age was lowered to four in 2009.

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Records

Most successful horse since 1999:

  • no horse has won this race more than once since 1999

Leading jockey since 1999 (3 wins):

  • Barry GeraghtyMoscow Flyer (2001), Macs Joy (2006), Punjabi (2008)

Leading trainer since 1999 (2 wins):

  • Jessica Harrington – Moscow Flyer (2001), Macs Joy (2006)

Winners since 1999

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

1999 Istabraq 7 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2000 Grimes 7 Charlie Swan Christy Roche
2001 Moscow Flyer [1] 7 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2002 Davenport Milenium 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2003 Quazar 5 Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2004 Hardy Eustace 7 Conor O'Dwyer Dessie Hughes
2005 Brave Inca 7 Tony McCoy Colm Murphy
2006 Macs Joy 7 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2007 Silent Oscar 8 Robbie Power Harry Rogers
2008 Punjabi 5 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2009 Solwhit 5 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes
2010 Hurricane Fly 6 Paul Townend Willie Mullins

1 The 2001 running took place at Leopardstown.

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