Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle

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Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle
Grade 3 race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 1920
Race type Hurdle race
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 1f (3,420 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £80,000 (2014)
1st: £45,560
County Handicap Hurdle
2014
Red, pink hoop and armlets Purple, orange seams, purple cap, orange star Yellow, red spots
Lac Fontana Arctic Fire Montbazon

The Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 1 furlong (3,420 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

History[edit]

The County Hurdle was established in 1920, and its inaugural winner was Trespasser, ridden by George Duller. Its title now honours Vincent O'Brien, an Irish racehorse trainer who retired in 1994. During his career O'Brien recorded a total of twenty-three victories at the Cheltenham Festival, and his name was added to the title of this event in 1995.

For many years the County Hurdle was traditionally the last race to be run at the Festival. However, a new running order was announced ahead of the 2009 meeting, and it is now the second race on the final day.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse since 1946:

  • no horse has won this race more than once since 1946

Leading jockey since 1946 (4 wins):

  • Ruby WalshSporazene (2004), Desert Quest (2006), American Trilogy (2009), Final Approach (2011)

Leading trainer since 1946 (4 wins):

  • Paul NichollsSporazene (2004), Desert Quest (2006), American Trilogy (2009), Lac Fontana (2014)

Winners since 1946[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr", "Ms", "Lord" etc.
Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
1946 Vidi 5 11-10 Don Butchers Reg Hobbs
1947 no race 1947 [1]
1948 Cape Light 5 11-01 Joe Maguire Ivor Anthony
1949 no race 1949 [2]
1950 Blue Raleigh 7 10-00 Jimmy Power Bobby Renton
1951 Southwick 7 10-03 George Spann J. Whiting
1952 Ballymacan 5 10-12 Bryan Marshall Neville Crump
1953 Teapot II 8 12-07 Pat Taaffe Clem Magnier
1954 Bold Baby 8 12-00 Paddy Powell Michael Dawson
1955 no race 1955 [2]
1956 Pommel 9 10-11 Steve Boddy John Waugh
1957 Flaming East 8 10-05 Peter Pickford Ricky Vallance
1958 Friendly Boy 6 10-05 Liam Brennan Joe Osborne
1959 Approval 13 11-02 Derek Leslie Syd Mercer
1960 Albergo 6 12-05 Doug Page Clem Magnier
1961 Most Unusual 6 10-07 Josh Gifford Bill Ransom
1962 Sky Pink 5 10-11 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1963 Bahrain 6 10-06 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1964 Icy Wonder 5 10-02 Jeff King Vernon Cross
1965 Mayfair Bill 6 10-04 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1966 Roaring Twenties 6 11-02 George Milburn Ken Oliver
1967 Cool Alibi 5 10-09 Roddy Reid Rodney Bower
1968 Jolly Signal 6 10-11 Jimmy Uttley Earl Jones
1969 Gay Knight 5 10-03 Aly Branford Les Kennard
1970 Khan 6 09-11 Lord Petersham Delmer Harty
1971 Carry Off 7 10-01 David Goulding Nigel Angus
1972 Cold Day 6 10-08 Ron Hyett Katie Gaze
1973 Current Romance 7 10-07 David Nicholson Frenchie Nicholson
1974 True Song 5 11-02 Gary Old Donald Underwood
1975 no race 1975 [3]
1976 Java Fox 6 10-01 Mr George Jones Roy Cambidge
1977 Kilcoleman 5 10-07 Tommy Kinane Billy Boyers
1978 no race 1978 [3]
1979 Monte Ceco 6 10-12 Colin Tinkler Fred Rimell
1980 Prince of Bermuda 5 10-00 Steve Knight Bob Turnell
1981 Staplestown 6 10-07 Tommy Ryan Edward O'Grady
1982 Path of Peace 6 10-06 Jonjo O'Neill Chris Thornton
1983 Robin Wonder 5 10-03 Jeff Davies David Elsworth
1984 Hill's Guard 5 10-11 Andrew Stringer Andrew Scott
1985 Floyd 5 10-05 Colin Brown David Elsworth
1986 Jobroke 6 10-03 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1987 Neblin 8 11-00 Richard Guest Toby Balding
1988 Cashew King 5 10-04 Trevor Wall Bryan McMahon
1989 Willsford 6 10-08 Michael Bowlby Jenny Pitman
1990 Moody Man 5 11-02 Peter Hobbs Philip Hobbs
1991 Winnie the Witch 7 09-08 David Bridgwater Ken Bridgwater
1992 Dusty Miller 6 10-06 Jamie Osborne Simon Sherwood
1993 Thumbs Up 7 10-02 Richard Dunwoody Nicky Henderson
1994 Dizzy 6 10-00 Tony Dobbin Peter Monteith
1995 Home Counties 6 10-12 James Moffatt Dudley Moffatt
1996 Star Rage 6 10-00 Dean Gallagher Jimmy Harris
1997 Barna Boy 9 10-12 Richard Dunwoody Nicky Henderson
1998 Blowing Wind 5 11-08 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1999 Sir Talbot 5 10-00 Timmy Murphy Jim Old
2000 Master Tern 5 10-03 Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2001 no race 2001 [4]
2002 Rooster Booster 8 11-01 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2003 Spirit Leader 7 11-07 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2004 Sporazene 5 10-13 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2005 Fontanesi 5 10-00 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2006 Desert Quest 6 10-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2007 Pedrobob 9 10-00 Philip Carberry Tony Mullins
2008 Silver Jaro 5 10-13 Noel Fehily Tom Hogan
2009 American Trilogy 5 11-00 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Thousand Stars 6 10-05 Ms Katie Walsh Willie Mullins
2011 Final Approach 5 10-12 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2012 Alderwood 8 11-01 Tony McCoy Thomas Mullins
2013 Ted Veale 6 10-06 Bryan Cooper Tony Martin
2014 Lac Fontana 5 10-11 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls

1 The 1947 edition was abandoned because of snow and frost.
2 It was cancelled in 1949 due to frost, and in 1955 due to snow.
3 The race was abandoned in 1975 due to waterlogging, and in 1978 because of snow.
4 The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.

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