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 £90,000 (2016)[1]
1st: £45,560
County Handicap Hurdle
2016
Maroon, pink epaulets, sleeves and star on cap White, royal blue chevron and sleeves, striped cap Yellow, black chevron, check cap
Superb Story Fethard Player Sternrubin

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)

List of renewals[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr", "Ms", "Lord" etc.
Date
Winner
SP
Age
Handicap (st-lb)
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Runners
11-03-1920 1920, 11 March Trespasser 1000.5714285714 4/7F 4 11-09 George Duller J. M. Bell P. Heybourn 8 [2]
3-03-1921 1921, 3 March Water Bottle 1005 5/1 11-13 F. Croney A. Scott A. Scott 12 [3]
9-03-1922 1922, 9 March Lukeston 1003.3333333333 100/30 12-02 F. Rees Harrison E. Tattersall 7 [4]
7-03-1923 1923, 7 March Assaroe 1006 6/1 11-10 Mr F. Brown Newey Stanley Howard 7 [5]
12-03-1924 1924, 12 March Argo 1002 2/1F 11-08 George Duller Coulthwaite Lord Londesborough 13 [6]
11-03-1925 1925, 11 March Rosecome 1014.2857142857 100/7 5 10-06 J. East W. McKie A. Sanders 15 [7]
9-03-19261926, 9 March Checktaker 1002.5 5/2F 5 11-11 George Duller H. Harrison Harrison 13 [8]
8-03-19271927, 8 March Rolie 1007 7/1 6 11-06 H. Cheshire T. Rimell T. Rimell 11 [9]
14-03-19281928, 14 March Truthful James 1007 7/1 11-03 Parvin Powell Milne 15 [10]
13-03-19291929, 13 March Castlederg 1008 8/1 7 11-02 F. Rees Whitelaw Whitelaw 14 [11]
12-03-19301930, 12 March Gonedry 1004.5 9/2 8 10-11 P. Dennis H. Dyke Dennis Pellerin 15 [12]
01-01-1931 no race 1931 [a]
3-03-19321932, 3 March Fouquet 1002.75 11/4 5 10-00 W. Stott F. Wootton S. Wootton 10 [13]
9-03-19331933, 9 March Hightide IV. 1020 20/1 7 11-03 Wilson Bullock T. Richardson 13 [14]
8-03-19341934, 8 March Jack Grange 1008 8/1 5 10-00 W. Hollick Barthropp Sir A. McAlpine 17 [15]
14-03-19351935, 14 March Polly Stephens 1002 2/1F 8 11-00 Ingham Cundell Rieb 15 [16]
12-03-19361936, 12 March Back Isle 1007 7/1 8 11-03 Mr. F. Walwyn Roberts C. Jones 21 [17]
01-01-1937 no race 1937 [a]
10-03-19381938, 10 March Prince Rouge 1010 10/1 8 10-12 Mr. J. Prendergast W. Stubbs Mrs D. Thomas 17 [18]
9-03-19391939, 9 March Abbot's Own 1006.5 13/2 8 12-01 H. Nicholson O'Sullivan Mrs E. Scott 17 [19]
20-03-19401940, 20 March Sam Brown 1006 6/1 6 11-01 T. Rimell trained privately M. C. Willes 10 [20]
20-03-19411941, 20 March Celibate II 1007 7/1 9 11-04 Hollick D. Dick Mrs D. P. Dick 19 [21]
21-03-19421942, 21 March Red April 1012.5 100/8 5 11-13 E. Foley Stalbridge M. Jones 21 [22]
01-01-1943 no race 1943–45 [b]
14-03-19461946, 14 March Vidi 1006 6/1 5 11-10 Don Butchers Reg Hobbs A. E. Saunders 27 [23]
01-01-1947 no race 1947 [c]
4-03-19481948, 4 March Cape Light 1002 2/1F 5 11-01 Joe Maguire Ivor Anthony 21 [24]
01-01-1949 no race 1949 [d]
9-03-19501950, 9 March Blue Raleigh 1025 25/1 7 10-00 Jimmy Power Bobby Renton Mrs L. Brotherton 19 [25]
25-04-19511951, 25 April Southwick 1014.2857142857 100/7 7 10-03 George Spann J. Whiting 21 [26]
6-03-19521952, 6 March Ballymacan 1014.2857142857 100/7 5 10-12 Bryan Marshall Neville Crump H. D. Waddington 20 [27]
5-03-19531953, 5 March Teapot II 1004 4/1 8 12-07 Pat Taaffe Clem Magnier 16 [28]
1954 Bold Baby 8 12-00 Paddy Powell Michael Dawson
01-01-1955 no race 1955 [d]
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
01-01-1975 no race 1975 [e]
1976 Java Fox 6 10-01 Mr George Jones Roy Cambidge
1977 Kilcoleman 5 10-07 Tommy Kinane Billy Boyers
01-01-1978 no race 1978 [e]
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
17-03-19881988, 17 March Cashew King 1009 9/1 5 10-04 Trevor Wall Bryan McMahon Mrs J A Wall 24 [29]
16-03-19891989, 16 March Willsford 1011 11/1 6 10-08 Michael Bowlby Jenny Pitman A M Kaplan 21 [30]
15-03-19901990, 15 March Moody Man 1009 9/1 5 11-02 Peter Hobbs Philip Hobbs James Burley 20 [31]
14-03-19911991, 14 March Winnie the Witch 1033 33/1 7 09-08 David Bridgwater Ken Bridgwater Paddocks Thoroughbred Racing Ltd 26 [32]
12-03-19921992, 12 March Dusty Miller 1009 9/1 6 10-06 Jamie Osborne Simon Sherwood Watership Down Racing 27 [33]
18-03-19931993, 18 March Thumbs Up 1016 16/1 7 10-02 Richard Dunwoody Nicky Henderson Michael Buckley 21 [34]
17-03-19941994, 17 March Dizzy 1012 12/1 6 10-00 Tony Dobbin Peter Monteith Lt-Col W L Monteith 24 [35]
16-03-19951995, 16 March Home Counties 1014 14/1 6 10-12 James Moffatt Dudley Moffatt Roxy Cinemas (dalton) 23 [36]
14-03-19961996, 14 March Star Rage 1014 14/1 6 10-00 Dean Gallagher Jimmy Harris J David Abell 28 [37]
13-03-19971997, 13 March Barna Boy 1014 14/1 9 10-12 Richard Dunwoody Nicky Henderson Lynn Wilson 20 [38]
19-03-19981998, 19 March Blowing Wind 1001.875 15/8F 5 11-08 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe P A Deal 27 [39]
18-03-19991999, 18 March Sir Talbot 1010 10/1 5 10-00 Timmy Murphy Jim Old W E Sturt 28 [40]
16-03-20002000, 16 March Master Tern 1004.5 9/2F 5 10-03 Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill John P McManus 21 [41]
01-01-2001 no race 2001 [f]
14-03-20022002, 14 March Rooster Booster 1008 8/1 8 11-01 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Terry Warner 21 [42]
13-03-20032003, 13 March Spirit Leader 1010 10/1 7 11-07 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington D Thompson 28 [43]
18-03-20042004, 18 March Sporazene 1007 7/1J 5 10-13 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Ged Mason & David Jackson 23 [44]
18-03-20052005, 18 March Fontanesi 1016 16/1 5 10-10 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe The Johnson Family 30 [45]
17-03-20062006, 17 March Desert Quest 1004 4/1J 6 10-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Mrs M Findlay 29 [46]
16-03-20072007, 16 March Pedrobob 1012 12/1 9 10-00 Philip Carberry Tony Mullins Barry Connell 28 [47]
14-03-20082008, 14 March Silver Jaro 1050 50/1 5 10-13 Noel Fehily Tom Hogan Miss M A Masterson 22 [48]
13-03-20092009, 13 March American Trilogy 1020 20/1 5 11-00 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Fulton,Donlon,Kilduff & Scott-MacDonald 27 [49]
19-03-20102010, 19 March Thousand Stars 1020 20/1 6 10-05 Ms Katie Walsh Willie Mullins Hammer & Trowel Syndicate 28 [50]
18-03-20112011, 18 March Final Approach 1010 10/1 5 10-12 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins Douglas Taylor 26 [51]
16-03-20122012, 16 March Alderwood 1020 20/1 8 11-01 Tony McCoy Thomas Mullins John P McManus 26 [52]
15-03-20132013, 15 March Ted Veale 1010 10/1 6 10-06 Bryan Cooper Tony Martin John Breslin 28 [53]
14-03-20142014, 14 March Lac Fontana 1011 11/1 5 10-11 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls Potensis Limited 28 [54]
13-03-20152015, 13 March Wicklow Brave 1025 25/1 6 11-04 Paul Townend Willie Mullins Wicklow Bloodstock Limited 24 [55]
18-03-20162016, 18 March Superb Story 1008 8/1 5 10-12 Harry Skelton Dan Skelton Holt, Robinson, Taylor & Miller 26 [56]

a The race was abandoned in 1931 because of frost, and in 1937 because of flooding
b It was cancelled in 1943-45 because of World War II.
c The 1947 edition was abandoned because of snow and frost.
d It was cancelled in 1949 due to frost, and in 1955 due to snow.
e The race was abandoned in 1975 due to waterlogging, and in 1978 because of snow.
f The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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