Herald Champion Novice Hurdle
|Grade 1 race|
Co. Kildare, Ireland
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||2 miles (3,219 metres)|
|Qualification||Five-years-old and up|
|Weight||11 st 12 lb
5 lb for mares
|Don't Touch It||Petit Mouchoir||Brain Power|
The Herald Champion Novice Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged five 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 for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.
The event was formerly open to horses aged four or older, and for a period it was sponsored by BMW. The minimum age was raised to five in 1992, and Country Pride took over the sponsorship in 1993. The race was promoted from Grade 2 to Grade 1 status in 1998.
The Evening Herald became the usual sponsor of the race in 2000. The event was subsequently backed by VC Bet, but the Evening Herald returned as sponsor in 2009. The race was rebranded as the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle in 2013 after the sponsoring newspaper change its name.
Leading jockey since 1980 (4 wins):
- Tony McCoy - His Song (1998), Jered (2008), Shot From The Hip (2011), Alderwood (2012)
Leading trainer since 1980 (5 wins):
- Noel Meade – Cardinal Hill (1999), Scottish Memories (2002), Wild Passion (2005), Iktitaf (2006), Jered (2008)
- Edward O'Grady - Deep Gale (1980), Ned Kelly (2001), Back in Front (2003), Clopf (2007), Shot From The Hip (2011)
Winners since 1980
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
- Racing Post: