• 14:45 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle 2m

  • 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
14:45 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hurricane Fly (IRE) 4/9
2nd Solwhit (FR) 3/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/131-11 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds Hurricane Fly (IRE) 25
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 166 4/91.44
2 162-122 MAUVE, white disc, white cap, mauve spots Solwhit (FR) 25
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 C Byrnes D N Russell 164 3/14.00
3 0/223-41 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Sublimity (FR) 20
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-10 t R Hennessy A E Lynch 153 25/126.00
4 1013-74 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 25
Distance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 156 14/115.00
5 139-123 Red, light blue sleeves, red spots, red cap Voler La Vedette (IRE) 39
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-5 C A Murphy B J Geraghty 154 9/110.00


It's round five of the HURRICANE FLY versus Solwhit saga and the latter has a very difficult task in retaining the crown he won here a year ago. Charles Byrnes' star had beaten his great rival in the 2009 Punchestown Hurdle before taking this but Willie Mullins' brilliant timber-topper has taken his revenge in their three subsequent outings, looking better with each run. All ground appears to come alike to him and the Byrnes camp will need to find some special tactics to upset the favourite this time. The remainder are all class performers but have been regularly beaten by the leading pair and there appears no reason for a role reversal this time.