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Ryanair Hurdle Betting

The Istabraq Festival Hurdle is held each year during the Christmas Festival at the Leopardstown Racecourse in Ireland. It is a Grade 1 National Hunt race for four year olds and over, and is run over a distance of 2 miles with eight hurdles to be jumped.

First held in 1986, it was recognised as a Grade 1 race in 2002 and is often seen as a trial for the season's pinnacle of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival in March. In fact two horses have won the December Festival Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle in the same season, they are Brave Inca and Istabraq.

In terms of betting, recent trends show that four of the last five December Festival Hurdle winners have been aged 7 or 8 years of age. The ante-post odds favourite for the race has won only once in the past five races.

Ryanair Hurdle 2015 Odds

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Ryanair Hurdle 2013 Result

ResultRunnerJockeyTrainerOdds
1st3. Hurricane FlyR WalshW Mullins5/6
2nd4. JezkiA P McCoyMrs J Harrington11/8

Previous Ryanair Hurdle Winners

YearWinnerAgeTrainer
2000Moscow Flyer6Jessica Harrington
2001Istabraq9Aidan O'Brien
2002Liss A Paoraigh7John Kiely
2003Golden Cross4Michael Halford
2004Macs Joy5Jessica Harrington
2005Brave Inca7Colm Murphy
2006Brave Inca8Colm Murphy
2007Al Eile7John Queally
2008Sublimity8Robert Hennessy
2009Solwhit5Charles Byrnes
2010Hurricane Fly6Willie Mullins
2011Unaccompanied4Dermot Weld
2012Hurricane Fly8Willie Mullins
2013Hurricane Fly9Willie Mullins
2014Hurricane Fly10Willie Mullins

Champion Hurdle

The December Festival Hurdle is seen as a trial for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival in March and you are sure to see several horses racing at Leopardstown and Cheltenham.

The Champion Hurdle is the highest rated race for hurdlers and takes place on the first day of the festival. Previous winner of both the December Festival Hurdle include Brave Inca and Istabraq....

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