Christmas Hurdle

The Christmas Hurdle is a Grade 1 event open to horses aged four and over. It is run over a distance of two miles and features eight hurdles to be negotiated by the contenders.

This race evolved from a handicap race held at Kempton Park on Boxing Day during the 1960s, the Kempton Park Handicap Hurdle. The race was suspended in '67 and '68, to be finally reintroduced in 1969 as the more aptly named Christmas Hurdle.

Since 2006 the Christmas Hurdle is the second leg of the WBX Hurdling Triple Crown; it is preceded by the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and followed by the Champion Hurdle. The winning jumper is rewarded a prize of £1 million. The purse for the Christmas Hurdle itself is an slightly less impressive £100,000.

Recent Winners of the Christmas Hurdle:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer

2009

Go Native

6

Davy Condon

Noel Meade

2008

Harchibald

9

Paul Carberry

Noel Meade

2007

Straw Bear

6

Tony McCoy

Noel Meade

2006

Jazz Messenger

6

Niall Madden

Noel Meade

2005

Feathard Lady

5

Ruby Walsh

Colm Murphy

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