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Imperial Cup Trends 2016
Fri, Mar 11th, 2016

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. In recent seasons as an added incentive to get horses running ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, the race sponsor offered 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). Thie 2016 sponsor - banking group Close Brothers - have not offered a bonus this year. Some commentators have see irony in this !

Imperial Cup Stats

Form: 6 of the last 11 winners finished in the first two last time out.

Form: 9/11 had previously won a race over the distance.

Break: The last 11 winners had their previous race between 14 and 28 days beforehand.

Trainer: The Pipe stable have won this on 4 occasions in the last 11 years and 9 times in all.

Favourite: 4 winning favourites in the last 11. 20-1 winners in 2012 and 2013. 33s last year.

Weight: 10/11 winners have carried 10-13 or less. 5 of the 10 carried 10-5 or less.

Age: 9 out of 11 between 4yo and 6yo

Rating: The last 9 winners were officially rated between 126 and 135.

Imperial Cup Winners 2005-2015

YEAR

FORM

HORSE

A/G

WGT

LTO

TRAINER

JOCKEY

OR

SP

2015

116U

Ebony Express

6g

10-7

28

Dr R Newland

W Kennedy

131

33-1

2014

3121

Baltimore Rock (D)

5g

10-12

17

D Pipe

L Treadwell

133

7-1

2013

3F5

First Avenue (D)

5g

10-7

16

Mrs L J Mongan

N Adams

130

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

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