Champion Hurdle

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Champion Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated1927
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Unibet
Website Cheltenham Racecourse
Race information
Distance2m 87y (3,298 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Weight11 st 3 lb (4yo);
11 st 10 lb (5yo+)
Allowances
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £337,500 (2021)
First: £189,911
Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
2021
Owner Mr K Alexander.svg Owner Mrs S Ricci.svg Owner Mr John P McManus.svg
HoneysuckleSharjahEpatante
Previous years
2020
Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Mrs S Ricci.svg Owner SSP Number Twentytwo Syndicate.svg
EpatanteSharjahDarver Star
2019
Owner Mr John P McManus star on cap.svg Owner Mrs J Donnelly.svg Owner Mr L Fell.svg
Espoir D'AllenMelonSilver Streak
2018
Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Mrs J Donnelly.svg Owner George P Mahony.svg
Buveur D'AirMelonMick Jazz
2017
Owner Mr John P McManus star on cap.svg Owner Mr John P McManus red cap.svg Owner Gigginstown House Stud.svg
Buveur D'AirMy Tent Or YoursPetit Mouchoir
2016
Owner Mrs S Ricci.svg Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Mr Graham Wylie.svg
Annie PowerMy Tent Or YoursNichols Canyon
2015
Owner Mrs S Ricci.svg Owner Wicklow Bloodstock Limited.svg Owner George Creighton and Mrs Rose Boyd.svg
FaugheenArctic FireHurricane Fly
2014
Owner Mr John P McManus quartered cap.svg Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Mrs S Such.svg
JezkiMy Tent Or YoursThe New One
2013
Owner George Creighton and Mrs Rose Boyd.svg Owner The Festival Goers.svg Owner Mr Robert Turner.svg
Hurricane FlyRock on RubyCountrywide Flame
2012
Owner The Festival Goers.svg Owner Mr T G Leslie.svg Owner George Creighton and Mrs Rose Boyd.svg
Rock on RubyOverturnHurricane Fly
2011
Owner George Creighton and Mrs Rose Boyd.svg Owner Mr T G Leslie.svg Owner Walters Plant Hire Ltd.svg
Hurricane FlyPeddlers CrossOscar Whisky

The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and ½ furlong (2 miles and 87 yards, or 3,298 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. The race is the last leg of the Triple Crown of Hurdling and is scheduled to take place each year on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Contents

As its title suggests, the Champion Hurdle is the most prestigious hurdling event in the National Hunt calendar. Its list of winners features many of the most highly acclaimed hurdlers in the sport's history, and several of these, such as National Spirit, Istabraq, Hatton's Grace, Persian War and Lanzarote, have had races named in their honour.

As part of a sponsorship agreement with the online gambling operator Unibet, the race is now known as the Unibet Champion Hurdle.

History

The first Champion Hurdle was run in 1927, and its inaugural winner, Blaris, was awarded prize money of £365. In its second year the event was won by Brown Jack, who subsequently became a prolific winner of long-distance flat races. The Champion Hurdle was abandoned in 1931 due to persistent frost, and in 1932 it was contested by just three horses – the smallest field in its history. The race was cancelled twice during World War II, in 1943 and 1944.

The 1947 renewal paved the way for a golden era in the Champion Hurdle with just 3 winners until 1955 – National Spirit, Hatton's Grace and Sir Ken, all of them etched into the list of greatest ever hurdlers. Even though it was postponed twice because of winter snows, taking place in mid-April, it proved most popular with a record attendance at that time of 30,000 racing fans. [1] The winner National Spirit will become the second horse to retain the hurdling crown while the runner-up to him, a bay horse called Le Paillon trained by Alec Head's father, went on to race on flat and won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe the same year.

As National Spirit was winning his second Champion Hurdle, the horse down the field, Hatton's Grace, trained by one of the most important figures in horse racing Vincent O'Brien, was about to make history and improved for the next seasons to become the first hat-trick winner of the race. The achievement of Hatton's Grace was soon to be matched by Sir Ken, who recorded three successive victories in the 1950s. Before the second of these Sir Ken was given a starting price of 2/5 (a £5 bet would have won £2). He is the shortest-priced horse to have won the race.

The 1970s produced another golden era of hurdling with the third Champion Hurdle triple winner Persian War and the exploits of double champions in Night Nurse, Monksfield, Bula and Comedy of Errors, who was the first horse to win two non-consecutive titles. The Racing Post declared the 1977 running to be the "strongest of fields ever assembled", with Night Nurse beating two other subsequent dual Champion Hurdle winners in Sea Pigeon and Monksfield. [2]

The 1984 winner, Dawn Run, became the second mare to win the Champion Hurdle. In the same year she also won the Irish and French versions of the event, and two seasons later she won the most prestigious chase in National Hunt racing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. She remains the only horse to have completed the Champion Hurdle-Gold Cup double. From 1985 to 1987 the Champion Hurdle was dominated by See You Then, who became the event's fourth three-time winner. The fourth and most recent mare to win the race was Annie Power, the winner of the 2016 renewal.

The last triple winner of the Champion Hurdle was Istabraq, whose successes came in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In the early weeks of 2001 he was the odds-on favourite to win the race again, for an unprecedented fourth time. However, this opportunity was lost as the entire Cheltenham Festival was cancelled that year because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Istabraq returned for the 2002 running, but on this occasion he failed to complete the race, and he was retired thereafter.

Commercial sponsorship of the Champion Hurdle began in 1978, and it was initially backed by Waterford Crystal. The Smurfit (now known as the Smurfit Kappa Group), began supporting the race in 1991 and from 2010 to 2017 was sponsored by StanJames.com. Stan James's parent company Unibet became the title sponsor from the 2018 running. The race is the final leg of the Road to Cheltenham, a series of high-class hurdles races consisting of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, the International Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle Trial. [3]

The Champion Hurdle has been continually run on a Tuesday since 1980. The 1927 race was run on a Wednesday, followed by a Thursday in 1928 and then Tuesday from 1929 to 1939. The race moved to Wednesday for 1940 and 1941 followed by rare Saturday runnings in 1942 and 1945. Tuesday became the established day for the Champion Hurdle from 1946 to 1960, with the exception of the postponed races in 1947 (Saturday) and 1955 (Wednesday). From 1961 to 1979 the race was always run on a Wednesday, except in 1964 when it took place on Friday for the only time in its history.

Records

Most successful horse (3 wins):

Leading jockey (4 wins):

Leading trainer (8 wins):

Leading owner (9 wins):

List of renewals

Date
Winner
SP
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Runners
Runners-up
Time
1927, 9 March Blaris 11/10F6 George Duller Bill Payne Mrs H. Hollins42nd. (8 L) Beddam 7/2
3rd. (1 L) Harpist 9/4
4:13.6
1928, 15 March Brown Jack 4/14 Bilbie Rees Aubrey Hastings Sir Harold Wernher 62nd. (1 12 L) Peace River 5/1
3rd. (6 L) Blaris 2/1F
4:05.0
1929, 12 March Royal Falcon 11/26 Dick Rees Bob Gore Miss Victoria Williams-Bulkeley62nd. (4 L) Kolie 4/1
3rd. (6 L) Cleer Cash 7/4F
4:01.2
1930, 11 March Brown Tony 7/24 Tommy Cullinan Jack Anthony Mrs J. de Sélincourt52nd. (hd) Cleer Cash 2/1F
3rd. (sh) Peertoi 9/2
4:20.2
No race 1931 [lower-alpha 1]
1932, 1 March Insurance 4/5F5 Ted Leader Basil Briscoe Dorothy Paget 32nd. (12 L) Song of Essex 5/4
3rd. (dst) Jack Drummer 33/1
4:14.2
1933, 7 March Insurance 10/11F6 Billy Stott Basil Briscoe Dorothy Paget 52nd. (34 L) Windermere Laddie 4/1
3rd. (8 L) Indian Salmon 100/8
4:37.6
1934, 6 March Chenango 4/9F7 Danny Morgan Ivor Anthony Pete Bostwick 52nd. (5 L) Pompelmoose 9/2
3rd. (6 L) Black Duncan 20/1
4:17.0
1935, 12 March Lion Courage 100/87 Gerry Wilson Frank BrownR. Fox Carlyon112nd. (12 L) Gay Light 9/4F
3rd. (34 L) Hill Song 3/1
4:00.2
1936, 9 March Victor Norman 4/15 Frenchie Nicholson Morgan Blair Mrs Michael Stephens82nd. (3 L) Free Fare 5/2F
3rd. (1 12 L) Cactus II 20/1
4:14.4
1937, 9 March Free Fare 2/1F9 Georges Pellerin Ted Gwilt Ben Warner72nd. (2 L) Our Hope 100/8
3rd. (sh) Menton 11/2
4:19.2
1938, 8 March Our Hope 5/19 Perry Harding Roderic Gubbins Roderic Gubbins52nd. (1 12 L) Chuchoteur 9/2
3rd. (10 L) Lobau 100/6
4:04.8
1939, 7 March African Sister10/17 Keith Piggott Charles Piggott Horace Brueton132nd. (3 L) Vitement 20/1
3rd. (12 L) Apple Peel 100/8
4:13.6
1940, 13 March Solford 5/2F9 Sean Magee Owen Anthony Dorothy Paget 82nd. (1 12 L) African Sister 8/1
3rd. (4 L) Carton 3/1
4:13.4
1941, 19 March Seneca 7/14 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth Sir Malcolm McAlpine62nd. (hd) Anarchist 33/1
3rd. (2 L) Ephorus 8/1
4:09.0
1942, 14 March Forestation 10/14 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth Vic Smyth202nd. (3 L) Anarchist 100/8
3rd. (3 L) Southport 9/2F
4:10.4
No races 1943–44 [lower-alpha 2]
1945, 31 March [4] Brains Trust 9/25 Fred Rimell Gerry Wilson F. Blakeway162nd. (34 L) Vidi 100/6
3rd. (34 L) Red 10/1 April
4:09.4
1946, 12 March Distel 4/5F5 Bobby O'Ryan Charles Rogers (IRE) Dorothy Paget 82nd. (4 L) Carnival Boy 7/2
3rd. (12 L) Robin O'Chantry 100/6
4:05.0
1947, 12 April [lower-alpha 3] National Spirit 7/16 Danny Morgan Vic Smyth Len Abelson142nd. (1 L) Le Paillon 2/1F
3rd. (2 L) Freddy Fox 8/1
4:03.8
1948, 2 March National Spirit 6/4F7 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth Len Abelson122nd. (2 L) D.UKW. 5/1
3rd. (34 L) Encoroli 20/1
3:54.8
1949, 7 March Hatton's Grace 100/79 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien (IRE)Mrs Harry Keogh142nd. (6 L) Vatelys 10/1
3rd. (1 L) Captain Fox 100/9
4:00.6
1950, 7 March Hatton's Grace 5/2F10 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien (IRE)Mrs Harry Keogh122nd. (1 12 L) Harlech 9/2
3rd. (2 L) Speciality 100/6
3:59.6
1951, 6 March Hatton's Grace 4/111 Tim Molony Vincent O'Brien (IRE)Mrs Harry Keogh82nd. (5 L) Pyrrhus III 11/2
3rd. (12 L) Prince Hindou 9/2
4:11.2
1952, 4 March Sir Ken 3/1F5 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson Maurice Kingsley162nd. (2 L) Noholme 100/7
3rd. (4 L) Approval 9/1
4:03.2
1953, 3 March Sir Ken 2/5F6 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson Maurice Kingsley72nd. (2 L) Galatian 4/1
3rd. (12 L) Teapot II 100/9
3:55.4
1954, 2 March Sir Ken 4/9F7 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson Maurice Kingsley132nd. (1 L) Impney 9/1
3rd. (3 L) Galatian 10/1
4:11.0
1955, 9 March Clair Soleil 5/2F6 Fred Winter Ryan Price Gerry Judd212nd. (hd) Stroller 7/2
3rd. (4 L) Cruachan 50/1
4:12.8
1956, 6 March Doorknocker 100/98 Harry Sprague Charlie Hall Clifford Nicholson152nd. (34 L) Quita Que 33/1
3rd. (4 L) Baby Don 100/8
4:02.2
1957, 12 March Merry Deal 28/17 Grenville Underwood Arthur Jones Arthur Jones162nd. (5 L) Quita Que 15/2
3rd. (5 L) Tout Ou Rien 100/8
4:07.4
1958, 11 March Bandalore 20/17 George Slack Stan Wright Dorothy Wright182nd. (2 L) Tokoron 5/1F
3rd. (3 L) Retour de Flamme 11/2
3:56.0
1959, 3 March Fare Time 13/26 Fred Winter Ryan Price Gerry Judd142nd. (4 L) Ivy Green 40/1
3rd. (1 L) Prudent King 13/2
4:07.8
1960, 8 March Another Flash 11/4F6 Bobby Beasley Paddy Sleator (IRE)John Byrne122nd. (2 L) Albergo 11/2
3rd. (3 L) Saffron Tartan 3/1
3:55.0
1961, 8 March Eborneezer 4/16 Fred Winter Ryan Price Dr Burjor Pajgar172nd. (3 L) Moss Bank 7/4F
3rd. (1 12 L) Farmer's Boy 8/1
4:10.0
1962, 14 March Anzio 11/25 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn Sir Thomas Ainsworth142nd. (3 L) Quelle Chance 11/2
3rd. (1 12 L) Another Flash 11/10F
4:00.2
1963, 13 March Winning Fair 100/98 Alan Lillingston [lower-alpha 4] George Spencer (IRE)George Spencer212nd. (3 L) Farrney Fox 10/1
3rd. (nk) Quelle Chance 100/7
4:15.5
1964, 6 March [lower-alpha 5] Magic Court 100/76 Pat McCarron Tommy Robson James McGhie242nd. (4 L) Another Flash 6/1F
3rd. (34 L) Kirriemuir 100/7
4:08.0
1965, 10 March Kirriemuir 50/15 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn Dorothy Beddington192nd. (1 L) Spartan General 8/1
3rd. (1 12 L) Worcran 8/1
4:06.6
1966, 16 March Salmon Spray 4/18 Johnny Haine Bob Turnell Mrs John Rogerson192nd. (3 L) Sempervivum 20/1
3rd. (34 L) Flyingbolt 15/8F
4:10.2
1967, 15 March Saucy Kit 100/66 Roy Edwards Peter Easterby K. F. Alder232nd. (4 L) Makaldar 11/4F
3rd. (1 L) Talgo Abbess 100/8
4:11.2
1968, 20 March Persian War 4/15 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies Henry Alper162nd. (4 L) Chorus 7/2F
3rd. (5 L) Black Justice 100/6
4:03.8
1969, 19 March Persian War 6/4F6 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies Henry Alper172nd. (4 L) Drumikill 100/7
3rd. (22 L) Privy Seal 33/1
4:41.8
1970, 18 March Persian War 5/4F7 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies Henry Alper142nd. (1 12 L) Major Rose 8/1
3rd. (1 12 L) Escalus 25/1
4:13.8
1971, 18 March Bula 15/8F6 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter Bill Edwards-Heathcote92nd. (4 L) Persian War
3rd. (1 L) Major Rose
4:22.3
1972, 15 March Bula 8/11F7 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter Bill Edwards-Heathcote92nd. (8 L) Boxer 25/1
3rd. (3 L) Lyford Cay 66/1
4:25.3
1973, 14 March Comedy of Errors 8/16 Bill Smith Fred Rimell Ted Wheatley82nd. (1 12 L) Easby Abbey 20/1
3rd. (2 L) Captain Christy 85/40
4:07.7
1974, 13 March Lanzarote 7/46 Richard Pitman Fred Winter Lord Howard de Walden 72nd. Comedy of Errors 4/6F
3rd. Yenisei 100/1
4:17.7
1975, 12 March Comedy of Errors 11/8F8 Ken White Fred Rimell Ted Wheatley132nd. Flash Imp 12/1
3rd. Tree Tangle 10/1
4:28.5
1976, 17 March Night Nurse 2/1F5 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby Reg Spencer82nd. (1 L) Birds Nest 100/30
3rd. Flash Imp 40/1
4:05.9
1977, 16 March Night Nurse 15/26 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby Reg Spencer102nd. (2 L) Monksfield
3rd. (1 L) Dramatist
4:24.0
1978, 15 March Monksfield 11/26 Tommy Kinane Des McDonogh (IRE)Dr Michael Mangan132nd. (2 L) Sea Pigeon 5/1
3rd. (5 L) Night Nurse 3/1F
4:12.7
1979, 14 March Monksfield 9/4F7 Dessie Hughes Des McDonogh (IRE)Dr Michael Mangan102nd. (12 L) Sea Pigeon 6/1
3rd. Beacon Light 22/1
4:27.9
1980, 11 March Sea Pigeon 13/210 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby Pat Muldoon92nd. Monksfield
3rd. Birds Nest
4:06.0
1981, 17 March Sea Pigeon 7/4F11 John Francome Peter Easterby Pat Muldoon142nd. Pollardstown 9/1
3rd. Daring Run 8/1
4:11.4
1982, 16 March For Auction 40/16 Colin Magnier [lower-alpha 4] Michael Cunningham (IRE)Danno Heaslip142nd. Broadsword 100/30
3rd. Ekbalco 7/2
4:12.4
1983, 15 March Gaye Brief 7/16 Richard Linley Mercy Rimell Sheikh Ali Abu Khamsin172nd. Boreen Prince 50/1
3rd. For Auction 3/1 JF
3:57.8
1984, 13 March Dawn Run4/5F6 Jonjo O'Neill Paddy Mullins (IRE)Charmian Hill142nd. Cima 66/1
3rd. Very Promising 16/1
3:52.6
1985, 12 March See You Then 16/15 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson Stype Wood Stud142nd. Robin Wonder 66/1
3rd. Stans Pride 100/1
3:51.7
1986, 11 March See You Then 5/6F6 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson Stype Wood Stud232nd. Gaye Brief 14/1
3rd. Nohalmdun 20/1
3:53.3
1987, 17 March See You Then 11/10F7 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson Stype Wood Stud182nd. Flatterer 10/1
3rd. Barnbrook Again 14/1
3:57.20
1988, 15 March Celtic Shot 7/16 Peter Scudamore Fred Winter David Horton212nd. (4 L) Classical Charm 33/1
3rd. (3 L) Celtic Chief 5/2F
4:14.40
1989, 14 March Beech Road 50/17 Richard Guest Toby Balding Tony Geake152nd. (2 L) Celtic Chief 6/1
3rd. (1 L) Celtic Shot 8/1
4:02.10
1990, 13 March Kribensis 95/406 Richard Dunwoody Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 192nd. (3 L) Nomadic Way 8/1
3rd. (34 L) Past Glories 150/1
3:50.70
1991, 12 March Morley Street 4/1F7 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding Michael Jackson Bloodstock242nd. (12 L) Nomadic Way 9/1
3rd. (hd) Ruling 50/1
3:54.80
1992, 10 March Royal Gait 6/19 Graham McCourt James Fanshawe Sheikh Mohammed 162nd. (12 L) Oh So Risky 20/1
3rd. (shd) Ruling 20/1
3:57.40
1993, 16 March Granville Again 13/27 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe Eric Scarth182nd. (1 L) Royal Derbi 50/1
3rd. (2 12 L) Halkopous 9/1
3:51.40
1994, 15 March Flakey Dove9/18 Mark Dwyer Richard Price John Price152nd. (1 12 L) Oh So Risky 9/4F
3rd. (34 L) Large Action 8/1
4:02.30
1995, 14 March Alderbrook 11/26 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey Ernie Pick152nd. (5 L) Large Action 4/1 JF
3rd. (2 L) Danoli 4/1 JF
4:03.10
1996, 12 March Collier Bay 9/16 Graham Bradley Jim Old Wally Sturt162nd. (2 12 L) Alderbrook 10/11F
3rd. (6 L) Pridwell 33/1
3:59.00
1997, 11 March Make A Stand 7/16 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe Peter Deal172nd. (5 L) Theatreworld 33/1
3rd. (34 L) Space Trucker 9/2
3:48.40
1998, 17 March Istabraq 3/1F6 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien (IRE) J. P. McManus 182nd. (12 L) Theatreworld 20/1
3rd. (1 L) I'm Supposin 6/1
3:49.10
1999, 16 March Istabraq 4/9F7 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien (IRE) J. P. McManus 142nd. (3 12 L) Theatreworld 16/1
3rd. (2 12 L) French Holly 11/2
3:56.80
2000, 14 March Istabraq 8/15F8 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien (IRE) J. P. McManus 122nd. (4 L) Hors La Loi III 11/1
3rd. (nk) Blue Royal 16/1
3:48.10
No race 2001 [lower-alpha 6]
2002, 12 March Hors La Loi III 10/17 Dean Gallagher James Fanshawe Paul Green152nd. (3 L) Marble Arch 25/1
3rd. (12 L) Bilboa 14/1
3:53.80
2003, 11 March Rooster Booster 9/29 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Terry Warner172nd. (11 L) Westender 33/1
3rd. (3 L) Rhinestone Cowboy 5/2F
3:54.70
2004, 16 March Hardy Eustace 33/17 Conor O'Dwyer Dessie Hughes (IRE)Laurence Byrne142nd. (5 L) Rooster Booster 11/8F
3rd. (4 L) Intersky Falcon 8/1
3:54.50
2005, 15 March Hardy Eustace 7/2 JF8 Conor O'Dwyer Dessie Hughes (IRE)Laurence Byrne142nd. (nk) Harchibald 7/1
3rd. (nk) Brave Inca 10/1
3:51.50
2006, 14 March Brave Inca 7/4F8 Tony McCoy Colm Murphy (IRE)Novices Syndicate182nd. (1 L) Macs Joy 13/2
3rd. (3 12 L) Hardy Eustace 11/2
3:50.00
2007, 13 March Sublimity 16/17 Philip Carberry John Carr (IRE)Bill Hennessy102nd. (3 L) Brave Inca 11/2
3rd. (nk) Afsoun 28/1
3:55.70
2008, 11 March Katchit 10/15 Robert Thornton Alan King D S J P Syndicate152nd. (1 L) Osana 9/2
3rd. (5 L) Punjabi 28/1
4:08.10
2009, 10 March Punjabi 22/16 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson Raymond Tooth 232nd. (nk) Celestial Halo 17/2
3rd. (hd) Binocular 6/4F
4:00.90
2010, 16 March Binocular 9/16 Tony McCoy Nicky Henderson J. P. McManus 122nd. (3 12 L) Khyber Kim 7/1
3rd. (6 L) Zaynar 15/2
3:53.80
2011, 15 March Hurricane Fly 11/4F7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE)Creighton / Boyd112nd. (1 14 L) Peddlers Cross 9/2
3rd. (5 L) Oscar Whisky 7/1
3:53.71
2012, 13 March Rock On Ruby 11/17 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls The Festival Goers 102nd. (3 34 L) Overturn 9/2
3rd. (1 34 L) Hurricane Fly 4/6F
3:50.10
2013, 12 March Hurricane Fly 13/8F9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE) Creighton / Boyd 92nd. (2 12 L) Rock On Ruby 11/2
3rd. (1 34 L) Countrywide Flame 16/1
3:59.35
2014, 11 March Jezki 9/16 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington (IRE) J. P. McManus 92nd. (nk) My Tent Or Yours 3/1
3rd. (2 12 L) The New One 100/30
3:45.25
2015, 10 March Faugheen 4/5F7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE)Susannah Ricci82nd. (1 12 L) Arctic Fire 20/1
3rd. (5 L) Hurricane Fly 8/1
3:50.90
2016, 15 March Annie Power5/2F8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE)Susannah Ricci122nd. (4 12 L) My Tent or Yours 10/1
3rd. (hd) Nichols Canyon 15/2
3:45.10
2017, 14 March Buveur d'Air 5/16 Noel Fehily Nicky Henderson J. P. McManus 112nd. (4 12 L) My Tent or Yours 16/1
3rd. (3 L) Petit Mouchoir 6/1
3:50.90
2018, 13 March Buveur d'Air 4/6F7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson J. P. McManus 112nd. (nk) Melon 7/1
3rd. (3 L) Mick Jazz 25/1
4:05.00
2019, 12 March Espoir d'Allen 16/15 Mark Walsh Gavin Cromwell (IRE) J. P. McManus 102nd. (15 L) Melon 20/1
3rd. (nk) Silver Streak 80/1
3:59.07
2020, 10 March Epatante2/1F6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson J. P. McManus 172nd. (3 L) Sharjah 16/1
3rd. (3 34 L) Darver Star 17/2
4:07.03
2021, 16 March Honeysuckle11/10F7 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead Kenneth Alexander172nd. (6 L) Sharjah 11/1
3rd. ((3 L) Epatante 4/1
3:54.63
  1. The race was abandoned in 1931 due to frost
  2. Race was not run in 1943 and 1944 because of World War II
  3. The 1947 running was postponed twice due to winter snows
  4. 1 2 amateur jockey
  5. In 1964 an objection to the winner by the stewards was over-ruled. [5]
  6. The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis. A substitute race at Sandown was won by Landing Light

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Hurricane Fly is a retired Irish Thoroughbred racehorse best known for his performances in hurdle races when under the care of trainer Willie Mullins at Closutton in County Carlow in Ireland. He is a dual winner of the Champion Hurdle and previously held the world record for most Grade 1 races won by any racehorse until overtaken by Winx in 2019. Originally bred to be a flat racer, the gelding began his racing career in France where he had moderate success, winning twice in ten races. At the end of 2007 he was sold and transferred to Ireland where he began to compete in National Hunt events. On 15 March 2011, Hurricane Fly ridden by Ruby Walsh won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. After finishing third in the 2012 renewal, he became the first horse in thirty-eight years to regain the Champion Hurdle title by winning the race for a second time in 2013. On 26 April 2013 he had his 16th Grade 1 victory in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle equalling the record for Grade 1 wins previously shared by Kauto Star and John Henry. He took sole possession of the record when winning the Morgiana Hurdle on 17 November 2013. He added a further five wins at the highest level before being retired with a record total of 22 such wins in August 2015. That total was equalled by Winx when she won the WS Cox Plate on 27 October 2018.

National Spirit was a British National Hunt horse best known for winning the Champion Hurdle twice, as well as the Rank Challenge Cup at Fontwell three times. He was one of the best hurdlers in the post-war era, and was also an excellent dual-purpose horse, winning several major races on the Flat. Along with Irish hurdler Hatton's Grace, National Spirit was one of the most popular horses of his time

Jezki is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse who competes in National Hunt racing. After showing promise in National Hunt Flat races he won five times as a novice hurdler in the 2012/2013 season, with his victories including the Fishery Lane Hurdle, Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, Future Champions Novice Hurdle and Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle. In the following season he won the WKD Hurdle and the Hatton's Grace Hurdle before taking the 2014 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse and following up with a win in the Racing Post Champion Hurdle. In the following season he was beaten in his first three races by Hurricane Fly and finished fourth to Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle before winning the Aintree Hurdle over two and a half miles and defeating Hurricane Fly in the World Series Hurdle.

The 2000 Champion Hurdle was a horse race held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 14 March 2000. It was the 71st running of the Champion Hurdle.

Faugheen Racehorse trained in Ireland

Faugheen is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2015 Champion Hurdle and back-to-back Christmas Hurdles in 2014 and 2015. His best performance on a racecourse came in the 2016 Irish Champion Hurdle for which he was rated the best two-mile hurdler of the 21st century. His career started over Point-to-point fences as a four-year-old and was sent racing under National Hunt rules in the 2013/2014 season where he emerged as a leading Novice hurdler, winning all of his races including the Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle, Cheltenham Novices Hurdle and Herald Champion Novice Hurdle acquiring the nickname "The Machine" in the process.

The 1952 Champion Hurdle was a horse race held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 4 March 1952. It was the 23rd running of the Champion Hurdle and was the richest hurdle race of the calendar.

The 2015 Champion Hurdle was a horse race held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 10 March 2015. It was the 85th running of the Champion Hurdle.

Limestone Lad is a retired Irish Thoroughbred racehorse who competed mainly in National Hunt racing. Bred, owned and trained by a farming family in rural Ireland he was offered for sale as three-year-old but was rejected after failing a medical examination. His early racing career was unremarkable but he made steady improvement and eventually retired with a record of thirty-five wins and nineteen places from sixty-five races. He was best known for his durability and his performances in long-distance hurdle races and usually raced from the front.

Buveur d'Air is a French-bred British-trained AQPS racehorse who competes in National Hunt races. After winning twice in his native France he moved to England and won the Top Novices' Hurdle in 2016. In the following season he won two steeplechases before reverting to hurdle races to win the Contenders Hurdle and then recording his biggest success in the Champion Hurdle. In the 2017–18 season he was unbeaten, winning the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, Christmas Hurdle and a second Champion Hurdle. The 2018-19 season saw him win both the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and the Contenders Hurdle for the second time. In November 2019 he sustained a freak injury in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and did not race for the rest of the season.

The 2018 Champion Hurdle was a horse race held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 13 March 2018. It was the 88th running of the Champion Hurdle.

Apple's Jade is a French-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in National Hunt hurdle races. She won 11 times at Grade I level, making her one of the most successful jumping mares of all time.

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