Champion Hurdle History

Champion Hurdle HistoryThe Champion Hurdle has a history that dates back to 1927. It started with humble beginnings but has now become the richest National Hunt Hurdle race on the Calendar.

The very first winner was Blaris, trained by Bill Payne and ridden by George Duller and the following year the prize went to Brown Jack. The 2009 race will be the 79th running. The race has been run every year with the exception of 1931 when it was abandoned due to frost, It never ran either in both 1943 and 1944 due to the war and was cancelled in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak.

There have been many interesting facts and coincidence's over the years, for instance: