Irish Champion Hurdle

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2014
Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds
Hurricane Fly
Yellow, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star
Our Conor
Emerald green and orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap
Captain Cee Bee
2013
Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds
Hurricane Fly
Red, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star
Thousand Stars
Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap
Binocular
2012
Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds
Hurricane Fly
Pink, black sash, pink cap
Oscars Well
Red, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star
Thousand Stars
2011
Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds
Hurricane Fly
Mauve, white disc, white cap, mauve spots
Solwhit
Red, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star
Thousand Stars
2010
Mauve, white disc, white cap, mauve spots
Solwhit
Emerald green,royal blue cross sashes,royal blue sleeves,yellow cap,green spots
Donnas Palm
Light blue and maroon hoops, blue sleeves, striped cap
Sublimity
2009
Purple, yellow disc, sleeves and cap
Brave Inca
Dark blue, yellow diamond and sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond
Muirhead
Black and orange hoops, black sleeves, black cap
River Liane

The Irish 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 Leopardstown over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in late January.

The event was established in 1950, and it is now one of two Irish races, along with the Punchestown Champion Hurdle, which can be seen as equivalents of the Champion Hurdle in England. The most recent winner of the Leopardstown version to win the Champion Hurdle in the same season was Hurricane Fly in 2011. The Irish Champion Hurdle was sponsored by AIG Europe from 1993 to 2008, and by Toshiba in 2009 and 2010. The race has been sponsored by BHP Insurance since 2011.

Records[edit]

  • Most successful horseIstabraq, 4 wins (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001); Hurricane Fly, 4 wins (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Most successful jockeyCharlie Swan, 6 wins (1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
  • Most successful trainerAidan O'Brien, 4 wins (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001); Willie Mullins, 4 wins (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Winners[edit]

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
1950 Hatton's Grace 10 R. J. O'Ryan Vincent O'Brien
1951 Penny on the Jack 5 B. Cooper D. St. J. Gough
1952 Domaghmore T. P. Burns Paddy Sleator
1953 Limeona 5 J. J. Rafferty D. Kirwan
1954 La Laun 6 M. R. Magee J. T. Doyle
1955 no race 1955
1956 Triomphe Eddie Harty J. Mangan
1957 Caesar's Helm 6 C. Finnegan A. C. Bryce-Smith
1958 Albany Star W. J. Brennan G. Robinson
1959 Floor Show 9 Bobby Beasley Paddy Sleator
1960 Albergo 6 S. Page Clem Magnier
1961 Albergo 7 Doug Page Clem Magnier
1962 Rainlough Toss Taaffe Tom Taaffe
1963 Winning Fair 8 Mr Alan Lillingston George Spencer
1964 Flyingbolt 5 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1965 Havago 6 C. Finnegan Paddy Sleator
1966 Gypsando 7 C. Finnegan Captain C. B. Harty
1967 Mr Twomey Mr John Kiely J. Cullen
1968 Muir 9 Ben Hannon Tom Dreaper
1969 L'Escargot 6 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1970 no race 1970
1971 Lockyersleigh 8 Tommy Carberry Paddy Mullins
1972 Super Day Mr John Fowler G. St. John Nolan
1973 Captain Christy 6 Bobby Beasley Pat Taaffe
1974 Flashy Boy Tommy Carberry A. Watson
1975 Ribosaint 6 Frank Berry Phonsie O'Brien
1976 Prominent King 4 Frank Berry Kevin Prendergast
1977 Master Monday 7 John Harty L. Quirke
1978 Prominent King 6 Bobby Coonan Kevin Prendergast
1979 Connaught Ranger 5 Colin Tinkler Fred Rimell
1980 Twinburn 5 T. A. Quinn Tony Redmond
1981 Daring Run 6 Mr Ted Walsh Peter McCreery
1982 Daring Run 7 Mr Ted Walsh Peter McCreery
1983 Royal Vulcan 5 Jonjo O'Neill Neville Callaghan
1984 Dawn Run 6 Jonjo O'Neill Paddy Mullins
1985 Fredcoteri 9 Tom Taaffe Arthur Moore
1986 Herbert United 7 Harry Rogers Des McDonogh
1987 Deep Idol 7 Brendan Sheridan P. D. Osborne
1988 Classical Charm 5 Ken Morgan Al O'Connell
1989 Kingsmill 6 Declan Murphy Tommy Stack
1990 Nomadic Way 5 Brendan Powell Barry Hills
1991 Nordic Surprise 4 Charlie Swan Jim Bolger
1992 Chirkpar 5 Liam Cusack Jim Bolger
1993 Royal Derbi 8 Declan Murphy Neville Callaghan
1994 Fortune and Fame 7 Adrian Maguire Dermot Weld
1995 Fortune and Fame [1] 8 Mark Dwyer Dermot Weld
1996 Collier Bay 6 Jamie Osborne Jim Old
1997 Cockney Lad 8 Richard Hughes Noel Meade
1998 Istabraq 6 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1999 Istabraq 7 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2000 Istabraq 8 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2001 Istabraq 9 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2002 Ned Kelly 6 Norman Williamson Edward O'Grady
2003 Like-A-Butterfly 9 Charlie Swan Christy Roche
2004 Foreman 6 Thierry Doumen Thierry Doumen
2005 Macs Joy 6 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2006 Brave Inca 8 Tony McCoy Colm Murphy
2007 Hardy Eustace 10 Conor O'Dwyer Dessie Hughes
2008 Sizing Europe 6 Andrew J. McNamara Henry de Bromhead
2009 Brave Inca 11 Ruby Walsh Colm Murphy
2010 Solwhit 6 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes
2011 Hurricane Fly 7 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2012 Hurricane Fly 8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2013 Hurricane Fly 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2014 Hurricane Fly 10 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

1 The 1995 running took place at Fairyhouse.

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