Punchestown Champion Hurdle

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Punchestown Champion Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Paddy Power
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance2 miles (3,219 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Weight11 st 4 lb (4yo);
12 st 0 lb (5yo+)
Allowances
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse 250,000(2021)
1st: €147,500
BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle
2019
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Buveur D'AirSupasundaeWicklow Brave
Previous years
2018
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SupasundaeWicklow BraveBleu Berry
2017
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Wicklow BraveMy Tent Or YoursArctic Fire
2016
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Vroum Vroum MagIdentity ThiefMy Tent Or Yours
2015
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FaugheenArctic FireDell' Arca
2014
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JezkiHurricane FlySteps To Freedom
2013
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Hurricane FlyThousand StarsRock On Ruby
2012
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Hurricane FlyZaidpourThousand Stars
2011
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Hurricane FlyThousand StarsBinocular
2010
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Hurricane FlySolwhitThousand Stars
2009
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SolwhitPunjabiQuevega
2008
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PunjabiSublimityEbaziyan
2007
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Silent OscarMacs JoyHardy Eustace
2006
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2005
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2004
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2003
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The Punchestown Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Punchestown over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.

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The present version of the race was introduced in 1999, and it was initially sponsored by Shell. Several different sponsors have followed, including Emo Oil, ACCBank, Rabobank, Racing Post and Betdaq. Its current sponsor, Paddy Power, began supporting the race in 2021.

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, and the last to win both events in the same year was Honeysuckle in 2021. For a period the race was restricted to horses aged five or older, but the minimum age was lowered to four in 2009.

Records

Most successful horse since 1999 (4 wins):

Leading jockey since 1999 (6 wins):

Leading trainer since 1999 (8 wins):

Winners since 1999

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
1999 Istabraq 7 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2000 Grimes 7 Charlie Swan Christy Roche
2001 Moscow Flyer [lower-alpha 1] 7 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2002 Davenport Milenium 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2003 Quazar 5 Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2004 Hardy Eustace 7 Conor O'Dwyer Dessie Hughes
2005 Brave Inca 7 Tony McCoy Colm Murphy
2006 Macs Joy 7 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2007 Silent Oscar 8 Robbie Power Harry Rogers
2008 Punjabi 5 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2009 Solwhit 5 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes
2010 Hurricane Fly 6 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2011 Hurricane Fly 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2012 Hurricane Fly 8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2013 Hurricane Fly 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2014 Jezki 6 Tony McCoy Jessica Harrington
2015 Faugheen 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Vroum Vroum Mag 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Wicklow Brave 8Patrick Mullins [lower-alpha 2] Willie Mullins
2018Supasundae8 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
2019 Buveur d'Air 8 Davy Russell Nicky Henderson
no race 2020 [lower-alpha 3]
2021 Honeysuckle 7 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead
  1. The 2001 running took place at Leopardstown
  2. amateur rider
  3. The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland

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