Hedgehunter

Foaled:  1996

Trained by:  Willie Mullins

Owner:  Trevor Hemmings

Jockeys:  Ruby Walsh, David Casey

SIRE:  Montelimar

Dam:  Aberedw

 

Did you know Hedgehunter sealed his place in racing history by winning the world's greatest steeplechase, the Aintree Grand National. His career started slowly, but he began to progress once sent over fences and a win in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January 2004 preceded a bold bid for the Aintree Grand National the following April, with him looking likely to have finished a close fourth only to fall at the final fence under David Casey. His 2004/5 campaign was geared around a repeat bid for Aintree glory and with him having the perfect prep race by winning the Boobyjo Chase at Fairyhouse, tragedy struck for David Casey as he suffered a bad neck injury just a fortnight before Aintree and was forced to miss the ride. Ruby Walsh replaced him and made no mistake, with Hedgehunter bolting up by 14 lengths to the delight of the punters that had backed him into favouritism. He went on to finish a game second off top weight in the 2006 renewal of the Aintree Grand National and completed the course without troubling the judge in the next two renewals of the great race, sealing his place as one of the finest Grand National performers of recent decades.

Current Rating: 153
Trainer: W.P. Mullins
Previous Trainer(s):
Owner: Trevor J.Hemmings

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2007/200840100€0€12,700€12,700
National Hunt 2006/200720000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2005/200630101€0€42,000€42,000
National Hunt 2004/200561101€23,100€2,915€26,015
National Hunt 2003/200411000€49,500€0€49,500
National Hunt 2002/200351310€21,120€26,750€47,870
National Hunt 2001/200261301€8,050€6,235€14,285
National Hunt 2000/200140400€0€6,260€6,260

Venue
Date From
Date To
Jockey
Trainer
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Venue Date Jockey Trainer Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Aintree 05/04/08 R. Walsh HcpCh 4m 4f 13 11-12 John Smith's Grand National S'chase(H'cap) (Class 1) (Grade 3)
Fairyhouse 23/02/08 D.J. Casey W.P. Mullins Ch 3m 1f 2 11-3 153 At The Races Bobbyjo S'chase (Grade 2) €10,000
Leopardstown 10/02/08 B.J. Geraghty W.P. Mullins Ch 3m 7 11-10 156 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Grade 1) €2,700
Thurles 17/01/08 P. Carberry W.P. Mullins Ch 2m 4f 5 11-3 160 MacLochlainn Kinloch Brae S'chase (Grade 2)
Punchestown 09/12/07 D.J. Condon W.P. Mullins Ch 2m 4f p.u. 11-10 166 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown S'chase (Grade 1)
Aintree 14/04/07 R. Walsh HcpCh 4m 4f 9 11-12 THE JOHN SMITH'S GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLE CHASE(HANDICAP) (CLASS 1) (Grade 3)
Limerick 01/04/07 R. Walsh W.P. Mullins Hdl 2m 9 11-2 UL Bohemians Raceday H'dle
Thurles 30/11/06 R.J. Kiely W.P. Mullins Hdl 2m 6f 110yds 5 11-3 Rock Of Cashel H'dle
Aintree 08/04/06 R. Walsh HcpCh 4m 4f 2 11-12 THE JOHN SMITH'S GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLE CHASE(HANDICAP) (CLASS 1) (Grade 3)
Cheltenham 17/03/06 R. Walsh Ch 3m 2f 110yds 2 11-10 THE totesport CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP STEEPLE CHASE(CLASS 1) (Grade 1)
Leopardstown 12/02/06 D.J. Casey W.P. Mullins Ch 3m 2 11-12 160 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Grade 1) €36,000
Leopardstown 28/12/05 R. Walsh W.P. Mullins Ch 3m 4 11-12 160 Lexus S'chase (Grade 1) €6,000
Fairyhouse 04/12/05 D.J. Casey W.P. Mullins HcpHdl 3m 14 11-13 120 Hooke & McDonald H'cap H'dle
Aintree 09/04/05 R. Walsh HcpCh 4m 4f 1 11-1 THE JOHN SMITH'S GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLE CHASE(HANDICAP) (CLASS A) (Grade 3)
Fairyhouse 19/02/05 D.J. Casey W.P. Mullins Ch 3m 1f 1 11-5 142 Bobbyjo S'chase (Grade 3) €23,100
Punchestown 30/01/05 R. Walsh W.P. Mullins HcpHdl 3m 6 11-10 118 Event Power H'cap H'dle
Leopardstown 27/12/04 C. O'Dwyer W.P. Mullins HcpHdl 3m 10 11-6 119 Paddy Power H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 11/12/04 M.P. Walsh W.P. Mullins HcpHdl 3m 4 11-2 119 Warrenstown H'cap H'dle €875
Thurles 02/12/04 P. Carberry W.P. Mullins Hdl 2m 6f 110yds 2 11-8 120 Rock Of Cashel H'dle €2,040
Clonmel 18/11/04 D.J. Condon W.P. Mullins HcpHdl 3m 9 10-8 120 Prior Park Serv.Station H'cap H'dle
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*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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