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1997 Champion Hurdle

The 1997 Champion Hurdle was a horse race held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 11 March 1997. It was the 68th running of the Champion Hurdle.

68th Champion Hurdle
Cheltenham, 11 March 1997
won by Make A Stand (GB)

The winner was Peter Deal's Make A Stand, a six-year-old chestnut gelding trained in Devon by Martin Pipe and ridden by A. P. McCoy. Make A Stand's victory was a first in the race for both jockey and owner: Pipe had previously won the race with Granville Again in 1993.

Make A Stand, formerly a moderate flat racer, but the winner of his last four hurdle races, started the 7/1 fourth choice in the betting and won by five lengths and three quarters of a length from the Irish challengers Theatreworld and Space Trucker. The only previous champion in the field was the 1996 winner Collier Bay who jumped poorly and was pulled up three hurdles from the finish. The 7/2 favourite Large Action who had finished third in 1994 and second in 1995 was pulled up after two hurdles. Fifteen of the seventeen runners completed the course.[1]

Race detailsEdit

  • Sponsor: Smurfit
  • Purse: £208,900; First prize: £124,138
  • Going: Good
  • Distance: 2 miles 110 yards
  • Number of runners: 17
  • Winner's time: 3m 48.40

Full resultEdit

Pos. Marg. Horse (bred) Age Jockey Trainer (Country) Odds
1 Make A Stand (GB) 6 A. P. McCoy Martin Pipe (GB) 7/1
2 5 Theatreworld (IRE) 5 Norman Williamson Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 33/1
3 ¾ Space Trucker (IRE) 6 John Shortt Jessica Harrington (IRE) 9/2
4 2 I'm Supposin (IRE) 5 Charlie Swan Kevin Prendergast (IRE) 13/2
5 Hill Society (IRE) 5 Jason Titley Noel Meade (IRE) 100/1
6 shd Sanmartino (IRE) 5 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson (GB) 9/1
7 ¾ Pridwell (GB) 7 Chris Maude Martin Pipe (GB) 25/1
8 2 Moorish (IRE) 7 David Bridgwater Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB) 100/1
9 4 Cockney Lad (IRE) 8 Jim Culloty Noel Meade (IRE) 33/1
10 3 Mistinguett (IRE) 5 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB) 25/1
11 3 Zabadi (IRE) 5 Richard Johnson David Nicholson (GB) 100/1
12 8 Dardjini (USA) 7 Conor O'Dwyer Noel Meade (IRE) 50/1
13 Bimsey (IRE) 7 Mick Fitzgerald Reg Akehurst (GB) 33/1
14 10 Dreams End (GB) 9 Rodney Farrant Peter Bowen (GB) 50/1
15 1 Guest Performance (IRE) 5 Richard Hughes Dessie Hughes (IRE) 100/1
PU Large Action (GB) 9 Jamie Osborne Oliver Sherwood (GB) 7/2 fav
PU Collier Bay (GB) 7 Graham Bradley Jim Old (GB) 4/1
  • Abbreviations: nse = nose; nk = neck; hd = head; dist = distance; UR = unseated rider; PU = pulled up; LFT = left at start; SU = slipped up; BD = brought down

Winner's detailsEdit

Further details of the winner, Make A Stand

  • Sex: Gelding
  • Foaled: 21 March 1991
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Sire: Master Willie; Dam: Make A Signal (Royal Gunner)
  • Owner: Peter Deal
  • Breeder: R. M. West

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Champion Hurdle result". Racing Post. 11 March 1997. Retrieved 2014-03-24.