Today's racecards

Leopardstown

  • 13:55 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €71,500 2nd €20,900 3rd €9,900 4th €3,300
  • Going: Heavy (Soft in place on the Hurdle course)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 5.10s
  • Off time: 13:55:26
13:55 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hurricane Fly (IRE) 1/5
2nd Thousand Stars (FR) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4/32114- Emerald green & yellow hoops, white cap Binocular (FR) 320
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 N J Henderson A P McCoy 167 11/26.50
2 5-23124 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
12 11-10 E P Harty M P Walsh 152 25/126.00
3 1131-11 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds Hurricane Fly (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 173 1/51.20
4 23-1143 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 163 9/110.00
5 393636 BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots One Cool Shabra (IRE) 1
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-8 p P O Brady J L Cullen 131 100/1101.00

Verdict

HURRICANE FLY has won this for the past two years and a hat-trick beckons. Willie Mullins' stable star has looked back to his imperious best in his two starts this season and his ante-post price of 7/2 to regain his Champion Hurdle crown is likely to shrink after this. Another former champion, Binocular, wouldn't be competing here unless Nicky Henderson thought he could come away with the prize and he wasn't far behind the selection in the big one at Cheltenham last year. He hasn't been seen on a racecourse since and has been beaten in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle for the last two seasons on his reappearance. Thousand Stars generally plays second fiddle to his illustrious stablemate and is better over further while Captain Cee Bee was a long way behind the selection last time and One Cool Shabra is out of his depth.