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Punchestown Champion Hurdle Stats
Wed, Apr 22nd, 2015

The feature race on the Friday of the Punchestown Festival is the Grade 1 Racing Post Champion Hurdle run over two miles. The race has been run in its present format since 1999 and has an illustrious roll of honour including Istabraq and Moscow Flyer and within the last decade Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winners Hurricane Fly, Punjabi, Brave Inca and Hardy Eustace.

Hurricane Fly is the only multiple winner of the race and completing a fourth successive victory in 2013.

Trainer: Willie Mullins has been the most successful trainer having saddled 5 of the 15 race winners and the first three home in 2012. Two of the last ten winners were trained in GB. 5 of the last 11 GB challengers have finished in the first 2.

Jockey: Ruby Walsh(4)  and Barry Geraghty(3) have been the most successful Rabobank Champion Hurdle jockeys.

Rating: 8 of last 11 winners were rated 157+

Age: No 10 year old winner in the race history.

Odds: 4 winning favourites/joint favourites in the last 11 with second favourite winning on another 6 occasions.

Form: The last 5 winners finished in first 3 on previous start.

Rabobank Champion Hurdle Preview

 Rabobank Champion Hurdle Winners 2003-2012

Year

Form

Winner

Trainer

Jockey

Age

OR

SP

2012

13

Hurricane Fly

Willie Mullins

Ruby Walsh

8

173

 4-11F

2011

1111

Hurricane Fly

Willie Mullins

Ruby Walsh

7

172

8-11F

2010

3

Hurricane Fly

Willie Mullins

Paul Townend

6

157

3-1

2009

11211

Solwhit

Charles Byrnes

Davy Russell

5

160

2-1JF

2008

423

Punjabi

N J Henderson (GB)

B J Geraghty

5

-

2-1

2007

84300

Silent Oscar

Harry Rogers

Robbie Power

8

128

20-1

2006

54212

Macs Joy

Mrs J Harrington

B J Geraghty

7

166

11-4

2005

2223F

Brave Inca

Colm Murphy

A P McCoy

7

165

2-1

2004

12721

Hardy Eustace

Dessie Hughes

C O'Dwyer

7

166

3-1

2003

3291704

Quazar

Jonjo O'Neill (GB)

Tony Dobbin

5

-

7-2

Rabobank Champion Hurdle Entries 2013



 

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