Punchestown Champion Chase

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Punchestown Champion Chase
Grade 1 race
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Boylesports
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 9 lb (5yo);
11 st 12 lb (6yo+)
Allowances
7 lb for mares
Purse 200,000 (2017)
1st: €118,000
Boylesports.com Champion Chase
2017
Emerald green, yellow chevron and sleeves, red cap Light blue, orange star, orange stars on sleeves, orange star on cap Light blue, royal blue star, white and royal blue check sleeves and cap
Fox Norton Un De Sceaux God's Own

The Punchestown Champion Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase 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 eleven fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April.

It was formerly a handicap race, and for much of the 1990s and early 2000s it was usually sponsored by BMW. It became a conditions race in 1999, and it was subsequently backed by Betdaq (2004) and Kerrygold (2005–09). Its present sponsor, Boylesports, began to support the event in 2010.

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and the last to win both races in the same year was Sprinter Sacre in 2013.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse since 1950 (2 wins):

  • Shower of Silver – 1955, 1956
  • Muir – 1969, 1970
  • Skymas – 1972, 1973
  • Light the Wad – 1981, 1982
  • Klairon Davis – 1996, 1997
  • Sizing Europe - 2012, 2014

Leading jockey since 1950 (5 wins):

  • Pat Taaffe – Third Estate (1951), Tumble Weed (1953), Nas Na Riogh (1954), Fortria (1961), Dicky May (1966)

Leading trainer since 1950 (6 wins):

  • Tom Dreaper – Fortria (1961), Dicky May (1966), Ronan (1967), Muir (1969, 1970), East Bound (1971)


Winners since 1980[edit]

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
1980 Paddy Bouler 7 S. Lynch Pat Rooney
1981 Light the Wad 8 Frank Leavy Dessie Hughes
1982 Light the Wad 9 Tom Morgan Dessie Hughes
1983 Turloughmore Lad 8 Pat Leech Paddy Norris
1984 Travelowen 7 Mr Tom Costello Tom Costello
1985 Buck House 7 Tommy Carmody Mouse Morris
1986 Another Brownie 7 Joe Byrne M. J. McGrath
1987 Eddie Wee 11 Conor O'Dwyer Billy Rock
1988 Flying Ferret 7 Brendan Powell Tony Redmond
1989 Super Furrow 9 Padge Gill Jerry O'Neill
1990 Rust Never Sleeps 6 Gerry O'Neill Augustine Leahy
1991 Good for a Laugh 7 Charlie Swan Arthur Moore
1992 The Musical Priest 10 Jason Titley Michael Purcell
1993 Viking Flagship 6 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1994 Saraemma 8 Kevin O'Brien Homer Scott
1995 Strong Platinum 7 Conor O'Dwyer Paddy Burke
1996 Klairon Davis 7 Francis Woods Arthur Moore
1997 Klairon Davis 8 Francis Woods Arthur Moore
1998 Big Matt 10 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
1999 Celibate 8 Richard Dunwoody Charlie Mann
2000 Get Real 9 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2001 Micko's Dream [1] 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2002 Strong Run 9 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2003 Flagship Uberalles 9 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2004 Moscow Flyer 10 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2005 Rathgar Beau 9 Shay Barry Dusty Sheehy
2006 Newmill 8 Andrew McNamara John Joseph Murphy
2007 Mansony 8 Davy Russell Arthur Moore
2008 Twist Magic 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 Master Minded 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Golden Silver 8 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2011 Big Zeb 10 Barry Geraghty Colm Murphy
2012 Sizing Europe 10 Andrew Lynch Henry de Bromhead
2013 Sprinter Sacre 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2014 Sizing Europe 12 Andrew Lynch Henry de Bromhead
2015 Felix Yonger 9 Danny Mullins Willie Mullins
2016 God's Own 8 Paddy Brennan Tom George
2017 Fox Norton 7 Robbie Power Colin Tizzard

1 The 2001 running took place at Fairyhouse.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1950 – Melman
  • 1951 – Third Estate
  • 1952 – Clonfert
  • 1953 – Tumble Weed
  • 1954 – Nas Na Riogh
  • 1955 – Shower of Silver
  • 1956 – Shower of Silver
  • 1957 – Jack's the Boy
  • 1958 – Hern's Gift
  • 1959 – Marchioness Bay
  • 1960 – Some Other Day
  • 1961 – Fortria
  • 1962 – Highfield Lad
  • 1963 – Scottish Memories
  • 1964 – Flying Wind
  • 1965 – Belle Artiste
  • 1966 – Dicky May
  • 1967 – Ronan
  • 1968 – Black Ice
  • 1969 – Muir
  • 1970 – Muir
  • 1971 – East Bound
  • 1972 – Skymas
  • 1973 – Skymas
  • 1974 – Tingle Creek
  • 1975 – Our Albert
  • 1976 – High School
  • 1977 – Simaroon
  • 1978 – Shining Flame
  • 1979 – Scottish Maid


See also[edit]

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