• 17:30 Rabobank Champion Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €96,000 2nd €30,400 3rd €14,400 4th €4,800
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 10.50s
  • Off time: 17:30:05
17:30 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hurricane Fly (IRE) 4/11


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 111-113 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds Hurricane Fly (IRE) 45
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 173 4/111.36
2 411345 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW DIABOLO, royal blue sleeves, yellow diamonds, hooped cap The Real Article (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
7 11-12 E J O'Grady B J Geraghty 152 25/126.00
3 112342 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 13
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-12 W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 164 7/18.00
4 7-11118 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Zaidpour (FR) 45
Course WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 162 9/25.50
Non runners
511/1-111Quevega (FR)811-5W P Mullins158


Quevega has been left in purely as a precaution but Willie Mullins still saddles three of the remaining four and the remaining entry, The Real Article, appears unlikely to trouble the principals. HURRICANE FLY has won this for the past two years and should complete the hat-trick despite both of this victories being achieved on good going. He lost his Champion Hurdle title at Cheltenham where he was never going as well as normal but should bounce back and has plenty in hand of stablemates Thousand Stars, beaten 6l in this a year ago, and Zaidpour, who is probably the main threat on this ground as he found the going too quick when around 5l behind the selection at Cheltenham.