BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner €71,500 2nd €20,900 3rd €9,900 4th €3,300
  • Going: Heavy (Soft in place on the Hurdle course)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 5.10s
  • Off time: 13:55:26
Full result
Result 13:55 Leopardstown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Hurricane Fly 1/5f
2nd 4 Thousand Stars 5 9/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 4/32114-
Emerald green & yellow hoops, white cap Binocular (FR) 320
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 4/32114-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 167
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 N J Henderson A P McCoy 167 11/2
2 5-23124
Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 29
  • T:E P Harty
  • J:M P Walsh
  • Form: 5-23124
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 152
  • Naps:
12 164 11-10 E P Harty M P Walsh 152 25/1
3 1131-11
ROYAL BLUE, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds Hurricane Fly (IRE) 29
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 1131-11
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 173
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 173 1/5f
4 23-1143
RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 29
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 23-1143
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 163
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 163 9/1
5 393636
BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots One Cool Shabra (IRE) 1
  • T:P O Brady
  • J:J L Cullen
  • Form: 393636
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-8p
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
5 162 11-8 p P O Brady J L Cullen 131 100/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Hurricane Fly (IRE)
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
8 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 4/5
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In depth

Verdict

HURRICANE FLY has won this for the past two years and a hat-trick beckons. Willie Mullins' stable star has looked back to his imperious best in his two starts this season and his ante-post price of 7/2 to regain his Champion Hurdle crown is likely to shrink after this. Another former champion, Binocular, wouldn't be competing here unless Nicky Henderson thought he could come away with the prize and he wasn't far behind the selection in the big one at Cheltenham last year. He hasn't been seen on a racecourse since and has been beaten in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle for the last two seasons on his reappearance. Thousand Stars generally plays second fiddle to his illustrious stablemate and is better over further while Captain Cee Bee was a long way behind the selection last time and One Cool Shabra is out of his depth.

Formwatch

Hurricane Fly (IRE) 1-5fav (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, led entering straight, quickened clear before last, easily, won at Leopardstown 2m hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec beating Unaccompanied (11-3) by 7l, 5 ran.

Thousand Stars (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Led, ridden and headed entering straight, soon dropped to 4th, kept on again run-in to 3rd close home, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Hurricane Fly (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec.

Binocular (FR) 4-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair, headway after 3 out, ridden and 4 lengths off winner when blundered last, never going pace to challenge, no impression flat, 4th of 10, 7l behind Rock On Ruby (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd after 3 out, ridden in 2nd before last, no impression winner, 3rd and slight mistake last, kept on same pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 5, 8l behind Hurricane Fly (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec.

One Cool Shabra (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Raced in 5th, went 3rd approaching straight, ridden after 2 out and no extra run-in, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Tofino Bay (11-5) at Naas 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy.