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Sandown Imperial Cup Stats
Sat, Mar 2nd, 2013

Prior to the launch of the Champion Hurdle in 1927 the Imperial Cup was considered the most prestigous hurdle race of the National Hunt season. The race is now run at sandown racecourse as a listed handicap over an extended two miles.

The race takes place  on the Saturday before the Cheltenham Festival. As an added incentive to get horses running ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, the race sponsor,currently Paddy Power, offers a bonus if the winner can double up in any race at the big meeting. The Pipe stable have a great record in this race (and securing the bonus). Horses who have won here and at the festival include Olympian (who won the 1993 Coral Cup at Cheltenham), Blowing Wind (1998 County Hurdle) and Gaspara (2007 Fred Winter Hurdle).

Imperial Cup Stats

Form: 7 of the last 10 winners finished in the first two last time out

Break: The last 10 winners had their previous race between 9 and 92 days beforehand.

Trainer: The Pipe stable have won this on 4 occasions in the last decade and 8 times in all. The last win came in 2007.

Jockey: AP McCoy has ridden three winners of this race in the last ten years.

Favourite: 5 winning favourites in the last 10. Last years winner Paintball was the highest priced winner in the decade at 20-1.

Weight: The last 9 winners have carried 10-13 or less. 5 of the 9 carried 10-3 or less.

Age: 8 out of 10 between 4yo and 6yo

Rating: 4 of the last 5 winners were officially rated between 126 and 130.

Imperial Cup Winners 2003-2012

YEAR

FORM

HORSE

A/G

WGT

LTO

TRAINER

JOCKEY

OR

SP

2012

537

Paintball (Ire) (D)

5g

10-7

92

CE Longsdon

N Fehily

128

20-1

2012

537

Paintball (Ire) (D)

5g

10-7

92

CE Longsdon

N Fehily

128

20-1

2012

537

Paintball (Ire) (D)

5g

10-7

92

CE Longsdon

N Fehily

128

20-1

2011

322

Alarazi (Ire) (D)

7g

10-3

42

Mrs L Wadham

D Elsworth

126

10-1

2010

611

Qaspal (Fr) (CD)

6g

10-3

22

PJ Hobbs

AP McCoy

124

11-4F

2009

548

Dave's Dream (Ire) (D)

6g

10-13

21

NJ Henderson

BJ Geraghty

130

12-1

2008

141

Ashkazar (Fr) (CD)

4g

10-12

34

D Pipe

TJ Murphy

135

10-3F

2007

211

Gaspara (Fr)

4m

10-5

36

D Pipe

AP McCoy

126

11-4F

2006

13P

Victram (Ire) (D)

6h

10-3

56

A McGuinness

AE Lynch

114

8-1

2005

311

Medison (Fr) (D)

5g

10-1

9

MC Pipe

TJ Murphy

118

9-2F

2004

262

Scorned (GER)

9g

10-3

27

AM Balding

B Fenton

118

14-1

2003

141

Korelo (Fr)

5g

11-6

21

MC Pipe

AP McCoy

129

9-4F

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