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Champion Hurdle 2020 Result

15:30 Tuesday 10 March 2020

UNIBET CHAMPION HURDLE CHALLENGE TROPHY (Grade 1) (1)

Distance : 2m 87y (Old)
Prize : £264,609 Age : 4yo+ Race Type : Hurdle Going : Soft

The largest field for the Champion Hurdle since 23 went to post in 2009, though quantity wasn't matched with quality, most having best form which was some way short of the standard usually required, the bare form of Epatante's win, with the mares allowance, earning a rating from Timeform as low as any winner this century, though she was value for a bit more than the winning margin and the runner-up produced an effort marginally better than Sublimity and Hors La Loi III achieved in winning the race; there was quite a notable list of absentees that might have made an impact, including the first 2 in the Mares' Hurdle, last season's Champion Bumper winner Envoi Allen, the sidelined dual Champion Buveur d'Air, the very smart mare Verdana Blue, the Betfair Hurdle winner Pic d'Orhy and even the first 2 in the Supreme, not to mention the pick of a strong crop of juveniles, while the winner herself was a rumoured doubt for the race the previous week, reported to have coughed, Benie des Dieux, who would have needed to be supplemented, briefly an improbable favourite ante-post; for the third time on the afternoon, the race began from a standing start after the starter hadn't been happy with the field lining up, such an outcome entirely predictable and unsatisfactory, a review of starting procedures surely overdue, including the question of whether the starters themselves are contributing to the problem, the current system of the starters effectively marking their own homework, by deciding whether any riders were at fault, not allowing for that possibility.

All 17 ran. Hurdles: 8.

Winning Owner: Mr John P. McManus

Time: 4m 7.6s

POS SILK BTN HORSE AGE WGT ISP
JOCKEY & TRAINER
1 Silk colours for EPATANTE (FR), trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by Mr John P. McManus EPATANTE (FR) 6 11-3 2/1
J: Barry Geraghty T: Nicky Henderson
2 Silk colours for SHARJAH (FR), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Mrs S. Ricci 3 SHARJAH (FR) 7 11-10 16/1
J: Mr P. W. Mullins T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
3 Silk colours for DARVER STAR (IRE), trained by Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland and owned by SSP  Number Twenty Two Syndicate DARVER STAR (IRE) 8 11-10 17/2
J: Jonathan Moore T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
4 Silk colours for CILAOS EMERY (FR), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Luke McMahon CILAOS EMERY (FR) 8 11-10 7/1
J: P. Townend T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5 Silk colours for PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR), trained by Henry de Bromhead, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud 2 PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR) 9 11-10 25/1
J: Rachael Blackmore T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6 Silk colours for SILVER STREAK (IRE), trained by Evan Williams and owned by Mr L. Fell ½ SILVER STREAK (IRE) 7 11-10 20/1
J: Adam Wedge T: Evan Williams
7 Silk colours for SUPASUNDAE, trained by Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland and owned by Ann & Alan Potts Limited SUPASUNDAE 10 11-10 9/1
J: Robbie Power T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
8 Silk colours for BALLYANDY, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and owned by Options O Syndicate BALLYANDY 9 11-10 20/1
J: Sam Twiston-Davies T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
9 Silk colours for PENTLAND HILLS (IRE), trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by Owners Group 031 3 PENTLAND HILLS (IRE) 5 11-10 9/1
J: Nico de Boinville T: Nicky Henderson
10 Silk colours for DARASSO (FR), trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland and owned by Mr John P. McManus 1 DARASSO (FR) 7 11-10 40/1
J: M. P. Walsh T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
11 Silk colours for FUSIL RAFFLES (FR), trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede 6 FUSIL RAFFLES (FR) 5 11-10 20/1
J: Daryl Jacob T: Nicky Henderson
12 Silk colours for GUMBALL (FR), trained by Philip Hobbs and owned by Mr Terry Warner GUMBALL (FR) 6 11-10 100/1
J: Aidan Coleman T: Philip Hobbs
13 Silk colours for CALL ME LORD (FR), trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede CALL ME LORD (FR) 7 11-10 10/1
J: James Bowen T: Nicky Henderson
14 Silk colours for LE PATRIOTE (FR), trained by Dr Richard Newland and owned by Canard Vert Racing Club LE PATRIOTE (FR) 8 11-10 100/1
J: Charlie Hammond T: Dr Richard Newland
15 Silk colours for COEUR SUBLIME (IRE), trained by Gordon Elliott, Ireland and owned by C. Jones 24 COEUR SUBLIME (IRE) 5 11-10 12/1
J: Davy Russell T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
pu Silk colours for NOT SO SLEEPY, trained by Hughie Morrison and owned by Lady Blyth NOT SO SLEEPY 8 11-10 33/1
J: Jonathan Burke T: Hughie Morrison
pu Silk colours for CORNERSTONE LAD, trained by Micky Hammond and owned by Mrs B. M. Lofthouse CORNERSTONE LAD 6 11-10 33/1
J: Henry Brooke T: Micky Hammond

All 17 ran. Hurdles: 8.

Winning Owner: Mr John P. McManus

Time: 4m 7.6s

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