The Champion hurdle is the most important hurdle race of the national hunt season and has been one by so many champions over the years. Whether it be recent winners Buveur D’Air or Faugheen ‘the machine’. The latest Cheltenham odds has last year’s winner as the odds on favourite to follow up. However one name that may go down as the greatest of them all is Istabraq. In his 29 starts he was victories on 23 occasions and finished his career surpassing £1 million in prize money.
Istabraq was without a doubt the stand out horse of his generation and incredibly was a four time Cheltenham festival winner that included three Champion hurdlers in succession between 1998 and 2000. He finished his incredible career with a time form rating of 180 that can only be surpassed by Night Nurse. We are unlikely to see another Champion hurdler of his class any time soon as he also was a four time Irish champion hurdle winner which just goes to show the dominance of the horse. Check this infographic out to see how Faugheen compares to the greatest Champion hurdlers throughout history.