Sunday, April 11, 2021
PUNCHESTOWN Racecourse have today announced leading bookmaker, William Hill, as the new title sponsor on the Punchestown Festival’s opening day on a major three-year deal.

William Hill Ambassador, AP McCoy

The famous €250,000 Grade 1 feature, now known as the William Hill Champion Chase, has hosted some of the most memorable battles staged at the home of Irish jump racing. Of all the Grade 1 features at the Punchestown Festival, the William Hill Champion Chase trophy has gained the most air miles with British trainers Colin Tizzard, Tom George, Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Philip Hobbs among the role of honour.

Perhaps one of the most memorable renewals was Sprinter Sacre’s win over Sizing Europe in 2013, an occasion that broke attendance records for the festival’s opening day. The Willie Mullins trained Un De Sceaux has landed the last two runnings of the famous speed test, and as entries are revealed on Monday 12 April, the contenders for the 2021 running of the €250,000 William Hill Champion Chase will become known.

William Hill Ambassador, Sir AP McCoy, said: “I loved coming across to Punchestown. It is a brilliant meeting and I always enjoyed taking on the best of the Irish horses at one of Ireland’s feature festivals. As an ambassador for William Hill, I’m delighted that they will be sponsors of the Champion Chase for the next three years. It’s an extremely exciting partnership.”

Conor O’Neill, Punchestown CEO, who will feature in the Kildare Nationalist on Tuesday week, welcomed the announcement: “William Hill have shown their commitment to both Punchestown and Irish racing with this major three-year deal. The William Hill Champion Chase is a jewel in the crown of the racing calendar. You only have to look at the illustrious roll of honour to see the quality of the race, so it is befitting to have such a high profile and reputable brand as William Hill sponsoring. This is year one, and we look forward to working with the William Hill team to develop the partnership further as crowds return to Punchestown for future festivals.

The 2021 Punchestown Festival gets underway on Tuesday 27 April and runs until Saturday 1 May. The William Hill Champion Chase is the feature race on the opening day.

William Hill Champion Chase Roll Of Honour

Year      Horse                          Jockey                           Trainer
2000     Get Real                      Mick Fitzgerald            Nicky Henderson

2001     Micko’s Dream           Ruby Walsh                  Willie Mullins

2002     Strong Run                 Paul Carberry               Noel Meade

2003     Flagship Uberalles    Richard Johnson         Philip Hobbs

2004     Moscow Flyer            Barry Geraghty            Jessica Harrington

2005     Rathgar Beau             Shay Barry                    Dusty Sheehy

2006     Newmill                       Andrew McNamara    John Joseph Murphy

2007     Mansony                     Davy Russell                 Arthur Moore

2008     Twist Magic                Ruby Walsh                   Paul Nicholls

2009     Master Minded           Ruby Walsh                   Paul Nicholls

2010     Golden Silver               Paul Townend              Willie Mullins

2011     Big Zeb                         Barry Geraghty             Colm Murphy

2012     Sizing Europe              Andrew Lynch              Henry de Bromhead

2013     Sprinter Sacre             Barry Geraghty             Nicky Henderson

2014     Sizing Europe              Andrew Lynch              Henry de Bromhead

2015     Felix Yonger                Danny Mullins               Willie Mullins

2016     God’s Own                   Paddy Brennan             Tom George

2017     Fox Norton                   Robbie Power               Colin Tizzard

2018     Un de Sceaux              Patrick Mullins              Willie Mullins

2019     Un de Sceaux              Paul Townend               Willie Mullins

2020     Meeting Cancelled Covid – 19

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