2013 Champion Hurdle

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83rd Champion Hurdle
Cheltenham, 10 March 2013
won by Hurricane Fly (IRE)

The 2013 Champion Hurdle was a horse race held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 10 March 2013.[1] It was the 83rd running of the Champion Hurdle.

The winner was George Creighton & Rose Boyd's Hurricane Fly, a nine-year-old gelding trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh. The horse had previously won the race in 2011 with the same owner, trainer and rider, and became only the second horse to regain the title after the 1973 and 1975 champion Comedy of Errors.[2]

Hurricane Fly won by two and a half lengths from Rock On Ruby, who had beaten him into fourth place in the 2012 running of the race. The 2010 winner Binocular finished fifth. Six of the nine runners completed the course.

Race details

  • Sponsor: Stan James
  • Purse: £370,000; First prize: £227,800
  • Going: Soft
  • Distance: 2 miles 110 yards
  • Number of runners: 9
  • Winner's time: 3m 59.35

Full result

Pos. Marg. Horse (bred) Age Jockey Trainer (Country) Odds
1 Hurricane Fly (IRE) 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE) 13/8 fav
2 Rock On Ruby (IRE) 7 Noel Fehily Harry Fry (GB) 11/2
3 Countrywide Flame (GB) 5 Dennis O'Regan John Quinn (GB) 16/1
4 Zarkandar (IRE) 6 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls (GB) 7/2
5 21 Binocular (FR) 9 A. P. McCoy Nicky Henderson (GB) 10/1
6 Khyber Kim (GB) 11 Paddy Brennan Nicky Henderson (GB) 50/1
UR Balder Success (FR) 5 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King (GB) 100/1
Fell Grandouet (FR) 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson (GB) 13/2
PU Cinders and Ashes (GB) 6 Jason Maguire Donald McCain (GB) 16/1

  • Abbreviations: nse = nose; nk = neck; hd = head; dist = distance; UR = unseated rider; PU = pulled up

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Hurricane Fly.

  • Sex: Gelding
  • Foaled: 5 April 2004
  • Country: Ireland
  • Sire: Montjeu; Dam: Scandisk (Kenmare)
  • Owner: George Creighton & Rose Boyd
  • Breeder: Agricola Del Parco


  1. ^ "Champion Hurdle result". Racing Post. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  2. ^ Wood, Greg. "First it's the big freeze, then the Hurricane as Willie Mullins strikes". theguardian.com. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
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