BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle
Grade 1, Leopardstown 15:10
Race Value: €150,000
4yo plus,
2m, Class 1  
Saturday 2nd February 2019

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A wonderful renewal of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle on the opening afternoon of the Dublin Racing Festival is on the horizon with star mares Apple’s Jade and Laurina featuring in the initial line up for Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins respectively.

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Mullins might also call upon Sharjah, successful in the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Last year’s first and second, Supasundae and Faugheen - winner of the race in 2016 - could also take their chance.

Apple’s Jade
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Apple’s Jade
Gordon Elliott’s Apple’s Jade has added a further two Grade Ones to her bulging C.V. already this season, scoring over three miles in the Christmas Hurdle on her most recent start.

Elliott has also entered last season’s Triumph Hurdle winner Farclas, Tombstone and Samcro, although news emerged yesterday that the latter is unlikely to be seen out before Punchestown in April.

Willie Mullins' former champion hurdler Faugheen needs to bounce back from a heavy fall at Christmas, but his stablemates are heading there in better form.

Laurina showed she was on good terms with herself with a stroll at Sandown recently, while Sharjah has surprised even Mullins with his progress in the first half of the season.

Since winning the Galway Hurdle off top weight, he has also claimed the Morgiana Hurdle – beating Faugheen in the process – and the Ryanair Hurdle at Christmas.

Last year’s Champion Hurdle runner-up Melon, Cilaos Emery and Saldier could also represent Mullins.

Last year’s winner Supasundae and Henry de Bromhead’s Petit Mouchoir are the only other two entries.

BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle
2m , Race Value: €150,000
12 entries

BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle

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