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Scottish Champion Hurdle

Grade 2 race
Scottish Champion Hurdle
Location Ayr Racecourse
Ayr, Scotland
Inaugurated 1966
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Samsung Electronics
Website Ayr
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Limited Handicap
Purse £80,000 (2010)
1st: £45,608

The Scottish Champion Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Ayr, Scotland, over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. It is a limited handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

The event was established in 1966, and the inaugural winner was Blue Venom. For a period it was classed at Listed level, and it was promoted to Grade 2 status in 1991. The race used to be held on the day before the Scottish Grand National, but both events have taken place on the same day since 1994. Its present sponsor, Samsung Electronics, has backed the race since 1997.

Several winners of the Scottish Champion Hurdle have also achieved victory in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The most recent was Alderbrook, the winner of the latter contest in 1995.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Bird's Nest – 1979, 1981

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Andrew Turnell – Bird's Nest (1979, 1981), Secret Ballot (1980)
  • Peter ScudamoreRoyal Vulcan (1983), Rushmoor (1984), Granville Again (1992)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Martin PipeSayparee (1990), Granville Again (1992), Blowing Wind (1998), Copeland (2004)

Winners since 1975

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1975 Comedy of Errors 8 12-00 Ken White Fred Rimell
1976 Night Nurse 5 12-00 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby
1977 Sea Pigeon 7 11-04 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1978 Sea Pigeon 8 12-00 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1979 Bird's Nest 9 11-08 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1980 Secret Ballot 6 10-07 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1981 Bird's Nest 11 11-06 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1982 Gay George 6 11-07 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1983 Royal Vulcan 5 11-13 Peter Scudamore Neville Callaghan
1984 Rushmoor 6 10-13 Peter Scudamore Ray Peacock
1985 Sailor's Dance 5 11-01 Jimmy Duggan Fred Winter
1986 River Ceiriog 5 10-09 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1987 Positive 5 10-08 Paul Croucher Kim Bailey
1988 Pat's Jester 5 11-01 Brian Storey Dick Allan
1989 Aldino 6 12-00 Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood
1990 Sayparee 5 10-07 Jonothan Lower Martin Pipe
1991 Precious Boy 5 11-02 Lorcan Wyer Mike O'Neill
1992 Granville Again 6 11-10 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1993 Staunch Friend 5 11-10 Adrian Maguire Mark Tompkins
1994 Corrouge 5 11-02 David Bridgwater Nigel Twiston-Davies
1995 Home Counties 6 11-02 James Moffatt Dudley Moffatt
1996 Alderbrook 7 11-07 Richard Dunwoody Kim Bailey
1997 Shadow Leader 6 10-05 Jamie Osborne Charles Egerton
1998 Blowing Wind 5 11-05 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1999 Fadalko 6 10-04 Richard Dunwoody Paul Nicholls
2000 Mister Morose 10 10-10 Tony McCoy Nigel Twiston-Davies
2001 Ulundi 6 10-04 Dean Gallagher Paul Webber
2002 Milligan 7 10-08 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
2003 In Contrast 7 10-13 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2004 Copeland 9 10-01 Jamie Moore Martin Pipe
2005 Genghis 6 10-11 Tony McCoy Peter Bowen
2006 Noble Request 5 10-09 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2007 Emmpat 9 10-07 David Casey Charlie Swan
2008 Border Castle 7 09-13 Mr Nick Scholfield Andrew Haynes
2009 Noble Alan 6 10-05 Davy Condon Nicky Richards
2010 Overturn 6 10-07 Timmy Murphy Donald McCain

Earlier winners

  • 1966 – Blue Venom
  • 1967 – Originator
  • 1968 – Al-Alawi
  • 1969 – Mugatpura
  • 1970 – Easter Pirate
  • 1971 – Dondieu
  • 1972 – Coral Diver
  • 1974 – Santon Brig


See also

References


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 70. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 



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