BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner €71,500 2nd €20,900 3rd €9,899 4th €3,300
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 52.10s
  • Off time: 14:49:06

Full Result

14:45 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Hurricane Fly (IRE) W P Mullins 7 11-10 P Townend 4/9f
SP 4/9f Tracked leader in 2nd, challenged entering straight, travelled well to lead before last, ridden and kept on well run-in, comfortably
2nd 2 Solwhit (FR) C Byrnes 7 11-10 D N Russell 3/1
SP 3/1 Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden to challenge entering straight, 2nd before last where slight mistake, kept on under pressure, no extra run-in opened 10/3
3rd 2 4 Thousand Stars (FR) W P Mullins 7 11-10 Ms K Walsh 14/1
SP 14/1 Led, slight mistake 4th, ridden and challenged entering straight, headed before last, no extra and kept on same pace
4th 9 5 Voler La Vedette (IRE) C A Murphy 7 11-5 B J Geraghty 9/1
SP 9/1 Settled 4th, slight mistake 4 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace opened 12/1
5th dist 3 Sublimity (FR) R Hennessy 11 11-10 t A E Lynch 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up in last, mistake 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, tailed off

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.00 Tote Place £1.02 £1.40 Straight Forecast £2.42 Exacta £2.80

Placepot €10.00

Analysis

HURRICANE FLY confirmed his status as the best two mile hurdler in Ireland with another facile success from Solwhit who was chasing him home for the third race in succession. There was a concern about a lack of pace to the race with no natural front-runner in the line-up but stablemate Thousand Stars was asked to set the tempo and Katie Walsh ensured that the race was run at a good even gallop with the field racing in indian file behind. Hurricane Fly was a little slow at the first hurdle and jumped out to the right which he continued to do at several flights throughout the contest with Paul Townend asking him to make up the ground he had lost on each occasion. However, there was no doubting how well he was travelling with Townend motionless alongside a driven Solwhit as they passed the two furlong marker and his old rival was left trailing in his wake having jumped the last to be beaten three and a half lengths which is the largest margin that has separated the pair this season. Hurricane Fly's hurdling was not brilliant but there were never any concerns and his trainer is unconcerned believing that he is far more fluent when there are horses around him. Having gone about three lengths up from Solwhit he only maintained the advantage rather than extending it but he was asked to do little else in truth. Solwhit stalked Hurricane Fly throughout and was alongside the winner from the second last until jumping the final flight; he is admirably consistent and is clearly the second best hurdler in Ireland. He is fully effective over two and a half miles and could stay further; he has yet to race beyond that trip but it will be interesting to see if connections opt to take up their World Hurdle entry. Thousand Stars kept on well for third but Voler La Vedette was disappointing in fourth having finished much closer to the principals on her last two starts whilst Sublimity weakened tamely after a mistake three from home.