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Champion Hurdle 2010 Tips Preview

The Cheltenham Festival is under a month away so over the next few weeks we are going to provide previews of the big races, today we are going to look at the Champion Hurdle

Champion Hurdle History

The champion hurdle was first run in 1927 with the winner taking a prize of £365, it did not run in 1931 due to frost, and 1944 due to the second world war, and like the whole of the festival it did not run in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak. The champion hurdle has only ever had two sponsors. Waterford Crystal and the current sponsors Smurfit group being sponsors since 1990. The most successful Trainer is Peter Eastby with 5 victories Saucy Kit (1967), Night Nurse (1976 and 1977) and Sea Pigeon (1980 and 1981), The most successful jockey is Tim Molony won the race most often with four victories, on Hatton’s Grace (1951) and Sir Ken (1952, 1953 & 1954).
The course record is held by Istabraq in a time of 3 minutes 48.1 seconds.

Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Preview

The Champion Hurdle will be run on Day 1 of Cheltenham Festival and it is the feature race. The Grade one Hurdle is run over 2m 110 yards and there is prize money of £370,000 available. The Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle 2010 will be run on Tuesday March 16th 2010 at 3:20pm,
The Champion Hurdle looks set to be dominated by the Irish again this year, with Irish Trainers putting forward 21 of the 34 entries for the Champion Hurdle. The leading contender from the emerald isle is Go Native which is trained by Noel Meade. The 7 year old will be looking to notch up a second win at Cheltenham having won the Supreme Novice Hurdle last year in 2009. Go Native has already won some impressive grade one races including the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle and also winning the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton seeing off a close challenge from Starluck
Other Fancied contenders include Solwhit who finshed third at Newcastle but has 3 grade one victories including beating the 2007 Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity in the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle, and Solwhit beat Sublimity and the hot Donnas Palm last month to win the Toshiba Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Champion hurdle betting / Champion hurdle odds

Solwhit (5.5), Zaynar (5.5), Go Native (6), Khyber Kim (11), Punjabi (13), Medermit (13), Starluck (15), Dunguib (17), Celestial Halo (17), Sublimity (23)

Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Entrants 2010

Al Eile (IRE) John Queally
American Trilogy (IRE) P F Nicholls
Bahrain Storm (IRE) Patrick J Flynn
Binocular (FR) N J Henderson
Blue Bajan (IRE) Andrew Turnell
Cape Tribulation J M Jefferson
Celestial Halo (IRE) P F Nicholls
De Valira (IRE) James Morrissey
Donnas Palm (IRE) Noel Meade
Dunguib (IRE) Philip Fenton
Ebadiyan (IRE) Patrick O Brady
Fiulin Evan Williams
Go Native (IRE) Noel Meade
Hurricane Fly (IRE) W P Mullins
Jumbo Rio (IRE) E J O’Grady
Kargali (IRE) Luke Comer
Katchit (IRE) A King
Khyber Kim N A Twiston-Davies
Medermit (FR) A King
Muirhead (IRE) Noel Meade
Noble Prince (GER) Paul Nolan
Punjabi 7 N J Henderson
Quevega (FR) W P Mullins
Raise Your Heart (IRE) Ms Joanna Morgan
Rock Noir (FR) Jonjo O’Neill
Royal And Regal (IRE) Luke Comer
Solwhit (FR) C Byrnes
Starluck (IRE) A Fleming
Sublimity (FR) Robert Alan Hennessy
Thousand Stars (FR) W P Mullins
Torphichen E J O’Grady
Voler La Vedette (IRE) C A Murphy
Won In The Dark (IRE) Sabrina J Harty
Zaynar (FR) N J Henderson

champion hurdle past winners

Recent Champion Hurdle Results include some great champion hurdle winners

2009-WINNER-PUNJABI 6-11-10 Owner-Raymond Tooth; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-22/1
2ND-Celestial Halo 5-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-17/2
3RD-Binocular 5-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-6/4 Fav
23 ran, Time-4m 0.90s; Dist- nk, hd

2008-WINNER-KATCHIT 5-11-10 Owner-D S J P Syndicate; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-10/1
2ND-Osana 6-11-10 Owner-Thomas Barr; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-9/2
3RD-Punjabi 5-11-10 Owner-Raymond Tooth; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-25/1
15 ran, Time-4m 8.10s; Dist-1, 5 2/1 Fav Sizing Europe (14th)

2007-WINNER-SUBLIMITY 7-11-10 Owner-Bill Hennessy; Trainer-John Carr IRE; Jockey-Philip Carberry; SP-16/1
2ND-Brave Inca 9-11-10 Owner-Novices Syndicate; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-11/2
3RD-Afsoun 5-11-10 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-28/1
10 ran, Time-3m 55.70s; Dist-3, nk 6/4 Fav Detroit City (6th)

2006-WINNER-BRAVE INCA 8-11-10 Owner-Novices Syndicate; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/4 Fav
2ND-Macs Joy 7-11-10 Owner-Mac’s J Racing Syndicate; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-
13/2
3RD-Hardy Eustace 9-11-10 Owner-Lar Byrne; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-11/2
18 ran. Time-3m 50.00s; Dist-1, 3½

2005-WINNER-HARDY EUSTACE 8-11-10 Owner-Lar Byrne; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-7/2 Jt Fav
2ND-Harchibald 6-11-10 Owner-Des Sharkey; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-7/1
3RD-Brave Inca 7-11-10 Owner-Novices Syndicate; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Barry Cash; SP-10/1
14 ran, Time-3m 51.50s; Dist-nk, nk 7/2 Jt Fav Back In Front (9th)

Number of Champion Hurdle Entrants in recent years

3010 34
2009 34
2008 38
2007 28
2006 35

Number of Champion Hurdle Irish Entrants in recent years

2010 21
2009 15
2008 19
2007 17
2006 13

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