Scottish Champion Hurdle

The Scottish Champion Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race in Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Ayr, South Ayrshire, over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. It is a limited handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

Scottish Champion Hurdle
Grade 2 race
LocationAyr Racecourse
Ayr, Scotland
Inaugurated1966
Race typeHurdle race
SponsorCPMS
WebsiteAyr
Race information
Distance2 miles (3,219 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old and up
WeightLimited Handicap
Purse£105,000 (2019)
1st: £59,798
Scottish Champion Hurdle
2019
Light blue, white cross belts, red cap Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap Mauve and black (quartered), mauve sleeves, white cap
Verdana Blue Dino Velvet Equus Amadeus

The event was established in 1966, and the inaugural winner was Blue Venom. For a period it was classed at Listed level, and it was promoted to Grade 2 status in 1991. The race used to be held on the day before the Scottish Grand National, but both events have taken place on the same day since 1994. Its present sponsor, CPMS, has backed the race since 2019.

Several winners of the Scottish Champion Hurdle have also achieved victory in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The most recent was Alderbrook, the winner of the latter contest in 1995. Captain Christy won the race in 1973, the year before winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a novice. Another Irish-trained horse, Golden Cygnet, suffered fatal injuries when he fell in the 1978 running.

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (3 wins):

Leading trainer (4 wins):

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1966 Blue Venom 7 11-01 P Adams[a] P Adams
1967 Originator 6 11-01 E Wilson J Barclay
1968 Al-'Alawi 5 10-08 P McCarron T Robson
1969 Mugatpura 6 11-03 T Jennings Fulke Walwyn
1970 Easter Pirate 6 10-00 S Hayhurst R Fairbairn
1971 Dondieu 6 11–11 Brian Fletcher Denys Smith
1972 Coral Diver 7 11–11 Ken White Fred Rimell
1973 Captain Christy 6 12-00 Bobby Beasley Pat Taaffe (Ir)
1974 Santon Brig 5 11-03 Michael Dickinson Tony Dickinson
1975 Comedy of Errors 8 12-00 Ken White Fred Rimell
1976 Night Nurse 5 12-00 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby
1977 Sea Pigeon 7 11-04 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1978 Sea Pigeon 8 12-00 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1979 Bird's Nest 9 11-08 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1980 Secret Ballot 6 10-07 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1981 Bird's Nest 11 11-06 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1982 Gay George 6 11-07 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1983 Royal Vulcan 5 11–13 Peter Scudamore Neville Callaghan
1984 Rushmoor 6 10–13 Peter Scudamore Ray Peacock
1985 Sailor's Dance 5 11-01 Jimmy Duggan Fred Winter
1986 River Ceiriog 5 10-09 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1987 Positive 5 10-08 Paul Croucher Kim Bailey
1988 Pat's Jester 5 11-01 Brian Storey Dick Allan
1989 Aldino 6 12-00 Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood
1990 Sayparee 5 10-07 Jonothan Lower Martin Pipe
1991 Precious Boy 5 11-02 Lorcan Wyer Mike O'Neill
1992 Granville Again 6 11–10 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1993 Staunch Friend 5 11–10 Adrian Maguire Mark Tompkins
1994 Corrouge 5 11-02 David Bridgwater Nigel Twiston-Davies
1995 Home Counties 6 11-02 James Moffatt Dudley Moffatt
1996 Alderbrook 7 11-07 Richard Dunwoody Kim Bailey
1997 Shadow Leader 6 10-05 Jamie Osborne Charles Egerton
1998 Blowing Wind 5 11–05 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1999 Fadalko 6 10-04 Richard Dunwoody Paul Nicholls
2000 Mister Morose 10 10–10 Tony McCoy Nigel Twiston-Davies
2001 Ulundi 6 10-04 Dean Gallagher Paul Webber
2002 Milligan 7 10-08 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
2003 In Contrast 7 10–13 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2004 Copeland 9 10-01 Jamie Moore Martin Pipe
2005 Genghis 6 10–11 Tony McCoy Peter Bowen
2006 Noble Request 5 10-09 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2007 Emmpat 9 10-07 David Casey Charlie Swan
2008 Border Castle 7 09-13 Nick Scholfield[a] Andrew Haynes
2009 Noble Alan 6 10-05 Davy Condon Nicky Richards
2010 Overturn 6 10-07 Timmy Murphy Donald McCain
2011 Sanctuaire 5 10-08 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2012 Raya Star 6 11-06 Robert Thornton Alan King
2013 Court Minstrel 6 10-09 Adam Wedge Evan Williams
2014 Cockney Sparrow 5 09-11 Dean Pratt John Quinn
2015 Cheltenian 9 10–13 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2016 Ch'Tibello 5 11-01 Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
2017 Chesterfield 7 10-05 Daniel Sansom Seamus Mullins
2018 Midnight Shadow 5 10-04 Danny Cook Sue Smith
2019 Verdana Blue 7 11-03 Connor Brace Nicky Henderson
no race 2020 [b]
  1. ^ a b amateur jockey
  2. ^ The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspended until end of April". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020.