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Charlie Swan

DOB: 20.01.1968
Place of birth: Co. Tipperary
Main trainer: Aidan O'Brien & Willie Mullins
Festival wins: 17
2000-2001 wins (Ire): 57
1999-2000 wins (Ire): 46

Charlie Swan's place in Festival folklore is guaranteed despite his failed attempt to record a fourth Champion Hurdle victory on Istabraq.

The pair pulled up early in the race, but Swan had already tasted success in 2002 at the first attempt.

He steered Like-A-Butterfly to victory in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in the opening race of the meeting - the first Festival winner in more than two years.

On the final day the Irishman clocked up a second win in the first race which was enough to see him finish joint leading jockey with Richard Johnson.

Swan has already ridden more National Hunt winners in Ireland than any other jockey.

He was only deposed as champion Irish rider after deciding to concentrate on his training career.

He won his first Irish jockeys' championship in 1989-90 and retained the title up to and including the 1997-98 season.

Swan holds the Irish records for the most winners in a season and the most in a calendar year.

He has twice been leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival and has a string of big race victories to his credit.

These include the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Irish Grand National, two Whitbread Gold Cups and the Irish Champion Hurdle.

His biography tells how he had to struggle in his early years as an apprentice, at one time dealing with muck sacks so heavy he had to get somebody to load them onto his shoulder.

It also says he turned down offers from leading English trainers Martin Pipe and Nicky Henderson.

He no longer rides over the bigger obstacles, but his association with the treble champion hurdler Istabraq made up for that.

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