1. Vincent O’Brien’s record at The Festival was outstanding with 23 victories, including four Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles, 10 Supreme Novices’ Hurdles and a flurry of supporting races. This will be the 15th year that the County Hurdle bears the name of Vincent O’Brien, who retired from training in 1994.
2. The first County Hurdle was run in 1920, and won by Trespasser, ridden by George Duller, who until 1973 also had a race named after him at Cheltenham’s premier meeting.
3. The County Hurdle has suffered more abandonments than any other race at The Festival. Since the war, the race has been lost on five occasions, most recently in 2001 because of the foot and mouth crisis.
4. The race has been a favourite for the Irish with 10 winners since 1953, including the last two runnings.
5. The longest-priced winner in recent years was Silver Jaro at 50/1 last season.
6. The fastest time for the winning horse is 3 mins 51.2 secs by Moody Man in 1990.
7. In 1998, Blowing Wind picked up an additional £50,000 bonus having won the Imperial Cup at Sandown Park the previous weekend. The bonus was offered by Sunderlands, bookmaking sponsor of the Imperial Cup, to any horse that won the Sandown race and then any contest at The Festival.