Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle

The Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Punchestown over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are twelve hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.

Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race typeHurdle race
SponsorAlanna Homes
Race information
Distance2m 4f (4,023 metres)
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Weight11 st 1 lb (4yo);
11 st 10 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse100,000 (2019)
1st: €59,000
Champion Novice Hurdle
Royal blue, white hoop, royal blue sleeves, dark blue armlets Yellow and red chevrons, hooped cap Red, pink hoop and armlets
Reserve Tank Sams Profile Eglantine Du Seuil

Previous sponsors of the race have included Menolly Homes, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Land Rover. Swordlestown Stud, sponsored the race from 2010 to 2012 and it was named in memory of the stud's former owner Cathal Ryan.[1] Tattersalls Ireland sponsored the race from 2013 to 2017 while Profile Systems were the 2018 sponsors. The current sponsor, Alanna Homes, began sponsoring the race in 2019.

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, and the last to win both races was Mikael d'Haguenet in 2009.


Leading jockey since 1995 (8 wins):

  • Ruby WalshDavenport Milenium (2002), Nobody Told Me (2003), Sadlers Wings (2004), Nicanor (2006), Glencove Marina (2007), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009), Vautour (2014), Nichols Canyon (2015)

Leading trainer since 1995 (9 wins):

  • Willie MullinsDavenport Milenium (2002), Nobody Told Me (2003), Sadlers Wings (2004), Glencove Marina (2007), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009), Un Atout (2013), Vautour (2014), Nichols Canyon (2015), Bacardys (2017)

Winners since 1995Edit

1995 Treble Bob 5 Richard Dunwoody Dermot Weld
1996 Castlekellyleader 7 Tommy Treacy Paddy Mullins
1997 Istabraq 5 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1998 Ballygowan Beauty 6 Conor O'Dwyer Michael Hourigan
1999 Native Upmanship 6 Tommy Treacy Arthur Moore
2000 What's Up Boys 6 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2001 Colonel Braxton [a] 6 Kieran Kelly Dessie Hughes
2002 Davenport Milenium 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2003 Nobody Told Me 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2004 Sadlers Wings 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2005 Asian Maze 6 Paul Carberry Tom Mullins
2006 Nicanor 5 Ruby Walsh Noel Meade
2007 Glencove Marina 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2008 Tranquil Sea 6 Andrew McNamara Edward O'Grady
2009 Mikael d'Haguenet 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Reve de Sivola 5 Daryl Jacob Nick Williams
2011 Spirit of Adjisa 7 Richard Johnson Tim Vaughan
2012 Dedigout 6 Davy Russell Tony Martin
2013 Un Atout 5 Davy Russell Willie Mullins
2014 Vautour 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2015 Nichols Canyon 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Jer's Girl 4 Barry Geraghty Gavin Cromwell
2017 Bacardys 6 Patrick Mullins[b] Willie Mullins
2018 Dortmund Park 5 Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
2019 Reserve Tank 5 Robbie Power Colin Tizzard
  1. ^ The 2001 running took place at Fairyhouse
  2. ^ amateur jockey

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cathal Ryan Memorial Novice Hurdle". March 25, 2010. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2010.