Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 Hurdle race hosted annually in March during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. The race features eight hurdles over a distance of 2 miles and 110 yards; it is open to horses aged four years and over.

Currently sponsored by the John Smith, the Champion Hurdle is considered the most prestigious Hurdling event of the UK jump season and always attracts a gun field of jumpers. A number of legendary horses made their name by winning the Champion Hurdle such as: Istabraq, Night Nurse, Brown Jack and Sea Pidgeon.

The Champion Hurdle was inaugurated in 1927 and was immediately classed as one of the most desirable races for champion jumpers. Since 2007 the Champion Hurdle is part of the WBX Hurdling Triple Crown, serving as the final race and grand finale of this great jump racing series. The Fighting Fifth Hurdle and the Christmas Hurdle precede the Champion Hurdle as the first and second leg of the Hurdling Triple Crown.

Human legends of the Champion Hurdle include trainers Nicky Henderson and Peter Easterby, who both trained five winners of the event throughout their stellar careers. The title of most successful Champion Hurdle Jockey is currently held by Tim Moloney, who rode four winners between 1951 and 1954; three of these wins were recorded on champion jumping horse Sir Ken.

Recent Winners of the Champion Hurdle:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer

2012

Rock on Ruby

7

Noel Fehily

Paul Nicholls

2011

Hurricane

7

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2010

Binocular

6

Tony McCoy

Nicky Henderson

2009

Punjabi

6

Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson

2008

Katchit

5

Robert Thornton

Alan King

2007

Sublimity

7

Philip Carberry

John Carr

2006

Brave Inca

8

Tony McCoy

Colm Murphy

2005

Hardy Eustace

8

Conor O'Dwyer

Dessie Hughes

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