The International takes place at Cheltenham between Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December, with the Unibet International Hurdle being one of the key races over the two days. The £130,000 Grade Two event is a leading trial for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival in March.
About Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham Racecourse is situated in Prestbury on the outskirts of the historic spa town of Cheltenham. The Home of Jump Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse is the venue for the world’s pre-eminent Jump meeting, The Festival, which takes place in March over four days every year. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural arena and offers the highest- quality action throughout the Jump season.
Unibet International Hurdle: A Brief History
The Unibet International Hurdle was first run in 1963, when Scottish Memories was the winner, and since that race there have been 47 runnings, with the race abandoned five times. Two runnings took place at other courses than Cheltenham: 2001 (Newbury) and 2008 (Ascot).
Up until 1977, the prestigious contest was called the Cheltenham Trial Hurdle. After the death of successful horse Bula, the race was renamed the Bula Hurdle. StanJames sponsored the renamed ‘International’ in 2010 as part of its Road to Cheltenham.
Unibet International Hurdle: Stats and Facts
Shortest priced winners – Comedy of Errors (1973), The New One (2013) – 2/5
Longest priced winner – Solway Sands (1968) – 33/1
Multiple Winners – Bird’s Nest (1977, 78, 80), Relkeel (1997, 98, 99), Comedy of Errors (1973, 74), Large Action (1994, 96), The New One (2013, 2014)
Multiple Winning Trainers – Bob Turnell, Oliver Sherwood, Philip Hobbs, Nicky Henderson and Nigel Twiston-Davies (Three Times each)
Most Wins by a Jockey – Richard Johnson (5 wins)
Largest Field – 10 (1977)
Smallest Field – Four (1966, 1974, 2001, 2006)
Unibet International Hurdle: Roll of Honour (2004-2014)
|Year||Winning Horse||Age/Weight||Trainer||Jockey||Starting Price||Ran|
|2014||The New One||6-11-08||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||4/7f||8|
|2013||The New One||5-11-08||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||2/5f||7|
|2012||Zarkander||5-11-04||Paul Nicholls||Ruby Walsh||6/5f||7|
|2011||Grandouet||4-11-04||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty||5/2f||8|
|2010||Menorah||5-11-04||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson||7/4f||9|
|2009||Khyber Kim||7-11-04||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Paddy Brennan||12/1||7|
|2008||Binocular||4-11-04||Nicky Henderson||Tony McCoy||EVSf||5|
|2007||Osana||5-11-00||David Pipe||Paddy Brennan||7/1||8|
|2006||Detroit City||4-11-04||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson||4/6f||4|
|2005||Harchibald||6-11-08||Noel Meade||Paul Carberry||10/11f||9|
|2004||Back In Front||7-11-08||Edward O’Grady||Davy Russell||5/2f||7|