Punchestown Champion Hurdle
|Grade 1 race|
|Punchestown Champion Hurdle|
Co. Kildare, Ireland
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||2 miles (3,219 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
|Weight||11 st 2 lb (4yo);|
11 st 12 lb (5yo+)
5 lb for fillies and mares
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.
Most successful horse since 1999:
- no horse has won this race more than once since 1999
Leading jockey since 1999 (3 wins):
- Barry Geraghty – Moscow Flyer (2001), Macs Joy (2006), Punjabi (2008)
Leading trainer since 1999 (2 wins):
- Jessica Harrington – Moscow Flyer (2001), Macs Joy (2006)
- Willie Mullins – Davenport Milenium (2002), Hurricane Fly (2010)
Winners since 1999
|1999||Istabraq||7||Charlie Swan||Aidan O'Brien|
|2000||Grimes||7||Charlie Swan||Christy Roche|
|2001||Moscow Flyer ||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|
- pedigreequery.com – ACCBank Champion Hurdle – Punchestown.
- racenewsonline.co.uk – Racenews Archive (April 25, 2003).