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Monday, May 18, 2009



ANGLO-IRISH NATIONAL HUNT CLASSIFICATIONS 2008-2009




WINNERS

Awards Winners Rating

CHAMPION NOVICE HURDLER Hurricane Fly 157

CHAMPION NOVICE CHASER Cooldine 160

CHAMPION TWO-MILE HURDLER Binocular 169

CHAMPION TWO-MILE CHASER Master Minded 178

CHAMPION TWO-AND-A-HALF
MILE + HURDLER Big Buck’s 174

CHAMPION TWO-AND-A-HALF = Exotic Dancer 171
MILE CHASER = Voy Por Ustedes 171

CHAMPION THREE-MILE + CHASER Kauto Star 186

BRITISH CHAMPION CONDITIONAL Aidan Coleman

BRITISH CHAMPION JOCKEY Tony McCoy

BRITISH CHAMPION TRAINER Paul Nicholls

BRITISH CHAMPION OWNER John P McManus

HORSE OF THE YEAR Kauto Star 186


This is the tenth full Anglo-Irish National Hunt Classification. It classifies the best steeplechasers and hurdlers that were trained in either Britain or Ireland or that ran in Britain or Ireland during the 2008-2009 season. Thus it contains French and German trained horses where their performances in Britain or Ireland merited their inclusion.


It is not a handicap but a retrospective measurement of the best sustainable performances during the recent season. The Classifications include races up to and including Saturday 2nd May 2009.


The Classifications are for all chasers and hurdlers down to a rating of 140, with the same for Novices. The steeplechasers are divided into distance categories of 2 miles, 2˝ miles and 3 miles plus, and are included in the category in which the handicappers believe they have put up their best performance. The hurdle categories are similar except that they are divided into two distances of 2 miles and 2˝ miles plus. Juvenile Hurdlers are included in the Novice section.


The ratings were agreed and compiled by:

Phil Smith Head of Handicapping, British Horseracing Authority
Noel O’Brien Senior NH Handicapper, Irish Turf Club
David Dickinson Great Britain
Martin Greenwood Great Britain
Stephen Hindle Great Britain
John de Moraville Great Britain
Andrew Shaw Ireland

With assistance from:

Jacques de Chevigny Senior NH Handicapper, France Galop

The handicappers are also grateful for the assistance provided by Lyn Bowker of Weatherbys.



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