Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle

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Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Location Aintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Injured Jockeys Fund
Website Aintree
Race information
Distance 2m ½f (3,319 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-year-olds
Weight 11 st 0 lb
7 lb for fillies
Purse £100,000 (2014)
1st: £56,270
Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle
Dark blue, yellow diamond and sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Royal blue, orange star, royal blue sleeves, orange stars and cap
Guitar Pete Clarcam Calipto
Red, white hoops and armlets, hooped cap Emerald green, red chevrons, quartered cap Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap
L'unique Runswick Royal Irish Saint
Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap Dark blue, white chevron, white and dark blue striped sleeves Light blue, pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, pink star
Grumeti Countrywide Flame Sadler's Risk
Pink, large purple spots, hooped sleeves Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap Red, dark blue disc, halved sleeves
Zarkandar Kumbeshwar Houblon Des Obeaux
Dark blue, yellow disc, yellow cap White, dark green hoops and armlets Red, pink epaulets
Orsippus Barizan Sanctuaire
Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap Black, red stars, emerald green sleeves and cap Navy blue, green sash, cerise cap
Walkon Ski Sunday Starluck
Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap Black and White (halved), Red sleeves and cap Red and White (quartered), Black sleeves, Red cap
Binocular Celestial Halo Harper Valley

The Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 2 miles and 110 yards (3,319 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Grand National meeting in early April.

During the 1960s and early 1970s the race was called the Lancashire Hurdle, and it was subsequently known by several different sponsored titles. For a period it was classed at Grade 2 level, and it was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2005.

The Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle usually features horses which ran previously in the Triumph Hurdle, and the last to win both events was Zarkandar in 2011.


Leading jockey since 1977 (3 wins):

  • Tony McCoyZabadi (1996), Hors La Loi III (1999), Binocular (2008)
  • Robert Thornton - Katchit (2007), Walkon (2009), Grumeti (2012)

Leading trainer since 1977 (4 wins):

  • Alan KingKatchit (2007), Walkon (2009), Grumeti (2012), L'Unique (2013)

Winners since 1977[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
1977 Decent Fellow Richard Linley Toby Balding
1978 Beparoejojo Dessie Hughes Jim Bolger
1979 Pollardstown Philip Blacker Stan Mellor
1980 Starfen Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1981 Broadsword Peter Scudamore David Nicholson
1982 Prince Bless Martin O'Halloran Dina Smith
1983 Benfen Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1984 Afzal Graham McCourt Reg Hollinshead
1985 Humberside Lady Mark Dwyer Geoff Huffer
1986 Dark Raven Tommy Carmody Dermot Weld
1987 Aldino Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood
1988 Royal Illusion Micky Hammond George M. Moore
1989 Vayrua Mark Perrett Guy Harwood
1990 Sybillin Derek Byrne Jimmy FitzGerald
1991 Montpelier Lad Neale Doughty Gordon W. Richards
1992 Salwan Robert Stronge Peter Bevan
1993 Titled Dancer John Shortt Jimmy Coogan
1994 Tropical Lake Kevin O'Brien Michael Hourigan
1995 Stompin Jamie Osborne Henrietta Knight
1996 Zabadi Tony McCoy David Nicholson
1997 Quakers Field Dean Gallagher Gary L. Moore
1998 Deep Water Russ Garritty Micky Hammond
1999 Hors La Loi III Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2000 Lord Brex Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2001 Bilboa Thierry Doumen François Doumen
2002 Quazar Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2003 Le Duc Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Al Eile Timmy Murphy John Queally
2005 Faasel Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
2006 Detroit City Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2007 Katchit Robert Thornton Alan King
2008 Binocular Tony McCoy Nicky Henderson
2009 Walkon Robert Thornton Alan King
2010 Orsippus Davy Condon Michael Smith
2011 Zarkandar Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2012 Grumeti Robert Thornton Alan King
2013 L'Unique Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2014 Guitar Pete Paul Carberry Dessie Hughes

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1960 – Clasping / Scarab *
  • 1961 – Anzio
  • 1962 – Imperator
  • 1963 – Running Rock
  • 1964 – Crown Prince
  • 1965 – Eurotas
  • 1966 – (Div 1)The Spaniard
  • 1966 – (Div 2)Chancer
  • 1967 – Chaou II
  • 1968 – Golden Duck
  • 1969 – Clever Scot
  • 1970 – Tudor Dance
  • 1971 – True Luck
  • 1972 – Be My Guest
  • 1973 – Reclaim
  • 1974 – Perama
  • 1975 – Wovoka
  • 1976 – Cooch Behar

* The 1960 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]