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Royal Bond Novice Hurdle

Grade 1 race
Royal Bond Novice Hurdle
Location Fairyhouse
Co. Meath, Ireland
Inaugurated 1994
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Bar One Racing
Website Fairyhouse
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 7 lb (4yo);
11 st 10 lb (5yo+)
5 lb for fillies and mares
Purse 85,000 (2009)
1st: €55,250

The Royal Bond 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 Fairyhouse 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 in late November or early December.

The event is named after Royal Bond, a successful National Hunt horse trained by Arthur Moore in the early 1980s. It was established in 1994, and it has held Grade 1 status throughout its history. It is usually staged on the same afternoon as two other top-grade races – the Drinmore Novice Chase and the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.



Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Paul CarberryGambolling Doc (1994), Wild Passion (2004), Iktitaf (2005), Muirhead (2007)
  • Charlie SwanThats My Man (1995), Istabraq (1996), Liss A Paoraigh (2000), Like-a-Butterfly (2001)

Leading trainer (3 wins):

  • Noel Meade – Wild Passion (2004), Iktitaf (2005), Muirhead (2007)







1994 Gambolling Doc 4 Paul Carberry Paddy Mullins
1995 Thats My Man 5 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1996 Istabraq 4 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1997 Feathered Leader 5 Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
1998 Alexander Banquet 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
1999 Moscow Flyer 5 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2000 Liss A Paoraigh 5 Charlie Swan John Kiely
2001 Like-a-Butterfly 7 Charlie Swan Christy Roche
2002 Hardy Eustace 5 Kieran Kelly Dessie Hughes
2003 Newmill 5 Garrett Cotter Thomas Gerard O'Leary
2004 Wild Passion 4 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2005 Iktitaf 4 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2006 Hide the Evidence 5 Andrew Leigh Jessica Harrington
2007 Muirhead 4 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2008 Hurricane Fly 4 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2009 Dunguib 6 Brian O'Connell Philip Fenton


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