Champion Stayers Hurdle

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Champion Stayers Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Ladbrokes
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance 3 miles (4,828 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 10 st 12 lb (4yo);
11 st 9 lb
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse 250,000 (2017)
1st: €147,500
World Series Hurdle
Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap Beige and black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green cap, emerald green spots
Unowhatimeanharry Nichols Canyon Footpad

The Champion Stayers 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 Punchestown over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are fourteen hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April.

The race was known as the Tipperkevin Hurdle in the mid 1990s, and it was renamed the Champion Stayers Hurdle in 1997. It was sponsored by Ballymore Properties for much of the following decade, and was renamed the World Series Hurdle Ladbrokes began supporting the race in 2008. It reverted to its former name in 2017.

The Champion Stayers Hurdle is the Irish equivalent of Britain's Stayers' Hurdle, and the last horse to win both races in the same year was Anzum in 1999.


Most successful horse since 1995 (4 wins):

  • Quevega2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Leading jockey since 1995 (5 wins):

  • Ruby WalshAsian Maze (2006), Fiveforthree (2009), Quevega (2011, 2012, 2013)

Leading trainer since 1995 (6 wins):

  • Willie MullinsHoly Orders (2003), Fiveforthree (2009), Quevega (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Winners since 1995[edit]

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
1995 Derrymoyle 6 Mark Dwyer Michael Cunningham
1996 Derrymoyle 7 Mark Dwyer Michael Cunningham
1997 Paddy's Return 5 Norman Williamson Ferdy Murphy
1998 Derrymoyle 9 Tony McCoy Michael Cunningham
1999 Anzum 8 Richard Johnson David Nicholson
2000 Rubhahunish 9 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2001 Bannow Bay [1] 6 Charlie Swan Christy Roche
2002 Limestone Lad 10 Paul Carberry James Bowe
2003 Holy Orders 6 Shay Barry Willie Mullins
2004 Rhinestone Cowboy 8 Mr J. P. Magnier Jonjo O'Neill
2005 Carlys Quest 11 Keith Mercer Ferdy Murphy
2006 Asian Maze 7 Ruby Walsh Tom Mullins
2007 Refinement 8 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2008 Blazing Bailey 6 Robert Thornton Alan King
2009 Fiveforthree 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Quevega 6 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2011 Quevega 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2012 Quevega 8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2013 Quevega 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2014 Jetson 9 Davy Russell Jessica Harrington
2015 Jezki 7 Mark Walsh Jessica Harrington
2016 One Track Mind 6 Gavin Sheehan Warren Greatrex
2017 Unowhatimeanharry 9 Noel Fehily Harry Fry

1 The 2001 running took place at Fairyhouse.

See also[edit]