World Series Hurdle
|Grade 1 race|
Co. Kildare, Ireland
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||3 miles (4,828 metres)|
|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
The World Series 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 its present title was introduced when Ladbrokes began supporting the race in 2008.
The World Series Hurdle is the Irish equivalent of Britain's World Hurdle, and the last horse to win both races in the same year was Anzum in 1999.
Most successful horse since 1995 (4 wins):
- Quevega – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Leading jockey since 1995 (5 wins):
- Ruby Walsh – Asian Maze (2006), Fiveforthree (2009), Quevega (2011, 2012, 2013)
Leading trainer since 1995 (6 wins):
- Willie Mullins – Holy Orders (2003), Fiveforthree (2009), Quevega (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Winners since 1995
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
- Racing Post:
- racenewsonline.co.uk – Racenews Archive (April 25, 2003).