2002 Champion Hurdle
After a years break the headline race on the first day of the 2002 Cheltenham Festival was very eventful. Three time champion Istabraq went off the 2/1 favourite but was never right and pulled up before the third fence. 3/1 shot Valiramix was travelling well at the top of the hill when he slipped and fell, which led to him being destroyed. This left the enigmatic Hors La Loi III to win by three lengths from Marble Arch in second and Bilboa in third. Hors La Loi III had finished second in the race before and won the Supreme Novice in 1999 and flat trainer James Fanshawe was the seven-year-olds third trainer in as many years.
Full 2002 Champion Hurdle Result
|1st||Hors La Loi III 10/1||7||D Gallagher||J Fanshawe|
|2nd||Marble Arch 25/1||6||R Walsh||H Morrison|
|3rd||Bilboa 14/1||5||T Doumen||F Doumen|
Check out the full results for the following Cheltenham Champion Hurdles:
2000 Champion Hurdle | 2003 Champion Hurdle | 2004 Champion Hurdle | 2005 Champion Hurdle | 2006 Champion Hurdle | 2007 Champion Hurdle | 2008 Champion Hurdle | 2009 Champion Hurdle | 2010 Champion Hurdle | 2011 Champion Hurdle | 2012 Champion Hurdle | 2013 Champion Hurdle