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The Irish Champion Hurdle is a Grade One race over 2 miles for horses aged four years or more. It is run at Leopardstown race course and takes place in January. It is Ireland's premier hurdle race and has a glittering roll of honour of past winners. Over recent years it has become more than a trial for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival instead it is likened to a pre-run as their will be several of the top hurdles from both Ireland and the UK who will be in both races.

The race was won in 2009 by Brave Inca, who had previously won the race in 2006, when he also won the Champion Hurdle. Other recent dual winners include the brilliant Hardy Eustace and the incomparable, Istabraq who won this race four times on the bounce between 1998 and 2001 and won the Champion Hurdle three years running from 1998 until 2000, sadly he was denied a four timer by the cancellation of the 2001 Cheltenham Festival.

The 2010 race was won by ante-post favourite and previous December Festival Hurdle winner Solwhit who justified the bookmakers' short odds to emerge victorious.

2015 Irish Champion Hurdle Odds

Irish Champion Hurdle 2015 Racecard

Irish Champion Hurdle 2014 Result

1st2. Hurricane FlyR WalshW Mullins4/7
2nd4. Our ConorD E MullinsD Hughes5/1

Previous Irish Champion Hurdle Winners

2001Istabraq9Aidan O'Brien
2002Ned Kelly6Edward O'Grady
2003Like-a-Butterfly9Christy Roche
2004Foreman6Thierry Doumen
2005Macs Joy6Jessica Harrington
2006Brave Inca8Colm Murphy
2007Hardy Eustace10Dessie Hughes
2008Sizing Europe6Henry de Bromhead
2009Brave Inca11Colm Murphy
2010Solwhit6Charles Byrnes
2011Hurricane Fly7Willie Mullins
2012Hurricane Fly8Willie Mullins
2013Hurricane Fly9Willie Mullins
2014Hurricane Fly10Willie Mullins

Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is the premier hurdling race for horses in Europe, which is raced over two miles, over eight fences on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival.

It was won in 2009 by the Nicky Henderson trained, Punjabi who had very generous odds of 22/1, although he was a much better chance than that.

Binocular emerged victorious in 2010 to overhaul ante-post favourite Zaynar. Binoclar had been well backed in the ante-post betting and emerged victorious ahead of a strong field. It is likely to be a strong field again and a real highlight in 2011 and it is well worth keeping an eye on the odds ahead of the start of the prestigious Cheltenham Festival....

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