* The StanJames.com International was first run in 1963, when Scottish Memories was successful, and there have been 42 runnings, with the race abandoned fives times.

* Up until 1977, the prestigious contest was run as the Cheltenham Trial Hurdle. It was renamed in 1977 to reflect Bula’s successes at Cheltenham, including the Champion Hurdle in 1971 and 1972. He also won a division of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 1970 and finished third in the 1975 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Boylesports backed the renamed International between 2006 & 2009, while another bookmaker, Stan James, took over the sponsorship in 2010 as part of their “Road To Cheltenham”.

* Bula won the race subsequently named in his honour in 1972, the same year as his second Champion Hurdle victory.

* Seven horses in total have won both the StanJames.com International and the Stan James Champion Hurdle: Magic Court (1964, 1964), Salmon Spray (1965, 1966), Bula (1972, 1972), Comedy Of Errors (1973, 1974, 1973, 1975), Sea Pigeon (1975, 1980, 1981), Rooster Booster (2002, 2003), Binocular (2008, 2010).

* Salmon Spray, Comedy Of Errors (1974 success) and Rooster Booster are the three horses to win the two contests in the same season.

* The shortest-priced winner was Comedy Of Errors (1973) at 2/5.

* Solway Sands (1968) provided the biggest shock in the history of the contest when winning at 33/1.

* Overall, favourites have a fair record with 18 wins in 42 runnings (just under 43%).

* The StanJames.com International has seen two dual winners – Comedy Of Errors (1973, 1974) and Large Action (1994 and 1996). 

* Bird’s Nest (1977, 1978, 1980) and Relkeel (1997, 1998 and 1999) were both triumphant three times.

* Bob Turnell and Oliver Sherwood have been the two most successful trainers in the race’s history. In addition to winning twice with Bird’s Nest (1977, 1978), Turnell also saddled Salmon Spray (1965). Oliver Sherwood’s three wins came courtesy of Large Action (1994 & 1996) and Cruising Altitude (1989).

* Richard Johnson is the winning-most jockey, recording four victories. Relkeel (1997 & 1999), Rooster Booster (2002) and Detroit City (2006).

* The largest field was in 1977 when 10 runners went to post, while only four horses lined up in 1966, 1974, 2001 and 2006.

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