| Hurdle race|
2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Co. Kildare, Ireland|
The Tattersalls Ireland 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.
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. The current sponsor, Tattersalls Ireland, began sponsoring the race in 2013.
The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, and the last to win both races was Mikael d'Haguenet in 2009.
Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle Wikipedia
Leading jockey since 1995 (8 wins):Ruby Walsh – Davenport 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 (8 wins):Willie Mullins – Davenport Milenium (2002), Nobody Told Me (2003), Sadlers Wings (2004), Glencove Marina (2007), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009), Un Atout (2013), Vautour (2014), Nichols Canyon (2015)
Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
1 The 2001 running took place at Fairyhouse.