List of British National Hunt races

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A list of notable National Hunt horse races which take place annually in Great Britain, under the authority of the British Horseracing Authority, including all races which currently hold Grade 1, 2 or 3 status.

History of the National Hunt Pattern[edit]

A National Hunt (NH) Pattern of important races was first recognized in 1964 when the Horserace Betting Levy Board made a grant of £64,000 to fund a "prestige race allocation" split between the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Grand National. In 1968 a Jump Racing Pattern Committee headed by Lord Leverhulme recommended the creation of a formal NH Pattern, which came into being in 1969 with 14 races initially. The Pattern underwent further revisions in the 1980s and was subject to a major change in 1989 when the Jockey Club, the governing body of British horseracing at the time, overhauled the Pattern to create a mid-season and season-ending Grade 1 race in each of twelve categories, with lead-up Grade 2 races and a set of 14 major handicaps of Grade 3 status.[1] This forms the basis of the current Pattern, which has since been subject to further changes in status and number of races.

Grade 1[edit]

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
001 November Betfair Chase Chase Haydock 4828 3m 5yo +
002 Nov / Dec Fighting Fifth Hurdle Hurdle Newcastle 3219 2m 4yo +
003 December Henry VIII Novices' Chase Chase Sandown 3219 2m 4yo +
004 December Tingle Creek Chase Chase Sandown 3219 2m 4yo +
005 December Long Walk Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 5029 3m 1f 4yo +
006 December Kauto Star Novices' Chase Chase Kempton 4828 3m 4yo +
007 December Christmas Hurdle Hurdle Kempton 3219 2m 4yo +
008 December King George VI Chase Chase Kempton 4828 3m 4yo +
009 December Finale Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Chepstow 3319 2m ½f 3yo
010 Dec / Jan Challow Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Newbury 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
011 January Tolworth Hurdle Hurdle Sandown 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
012 January Clarence House Chase Chase Ascot 3420 2m 1f 5yo +
013 Jan / Feb Scilly Isles Novices' Chase Chase Sandown 4124 2m 4½f 5yo +
014 February Ascot Chase Chase Ascot 4325 2m 5½f 5yo +
015 March Supreme Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
016 March Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase Cheltenham 3219 2m 5yo +
017 March Champion Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
018 March David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
019 March Neptune Investment Management Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
020 March RSA Chase Chase Cheltenham 4929 3m ½f 5yo +
021 March Queen Mother Champion Chase Chase Cheltenham 3219 2m 5yo +
022 March Champion Bumper Flat Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 4yo * 4–6yo
023 March JLT Novices' Chase Chase Cheltenham 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
024 March Ryanair Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
025 March World Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4828 3m 4yo +
026 March Triumph Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3420 2m 1f 4yo
027 March Spa Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4828 3m 4yo +
028 March Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Cheltenham 5331 3m 2½f 5yo +
029 April Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 3319 2m ½f 4yo
030 April Betfred Bowl Chase Aintree 5029 3m 1f 5yo +
031 April Aintree Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
032 April Mildmay Novices' Chase Chase Aintree 5029 3m 1f 5yo +
033 April Mersey Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
034 April Melling Chase Chase Aintree 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
035 April Sefton Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4929 3m ½f 4yo +
036 April Silver Cross Stayer's Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4929 3m ½f 4yo +
037 April Maghull Novices' Chase Chase Aintree 3219 2m 5yo +
038 April Celebration Chase Chase Sandown 3219 2m 5yo +

Grade 2[edit]

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
001 October Persian War Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Chepstow 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
002 October Old Roan Chase Chase Aintree 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
003 Oct / Nov West Yorkshire Hurdle Hurdle Wetherby 5029 3m 1f 4yo +
004 Oct / Nov Charlie Hall Chase Chase Wetherby 5029 3m 1f 5yo +
005 Oct / Nov Haldon Gold Cup Chase Exeter 3520 2m 1½f 4yo +
006 November Rising Stars Novices' Chase Chase Wincanton 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
007 November Elite Hurdle Hurdle Wincanton 3219 2m 4yo +
008 November Sharp Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
009 November Prestbury Juvenile Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 3yo
010 November November Novices' Chase Chase Cheltenham 3219 2m 4yo +
011 November Hyde Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
012 November Amlin 1965 Chase Chase Ascot 3823 2m 3f 4yo +
013 November Ascot Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 3923 2m 3½f 4yo +
014 Nov / Dec Worcester Novices' Chase Chase Newbury 4828 3m 4yo +
015 Nov / Dec Berkshire Novices' Chase Chase Newbury 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
016 Nov / Dec Long Distance Hurdle Hurdle Newbury 4929 3m ½f 4yo +
017 December Winter Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Sandown 4124 2m 4½f 4yo +
018 December Peterborough Chase Chase Huntingdon 4124 2m 4½f 4yo +
019 December Bristol Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4828 3m 4yo +
020 December December Novices' Chase Chase Doncaster 4828 3m 4yo +
021 December Summit Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Doncaster 3319 2m ½f 3yo
022 December International Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3420 2m 1f 4yo +
023 December Relkeel Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4,124 2m 4½f 4yo +
024 December Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 3219 2m 4yo +
025 December Noel Novices' Chase Chase Ascot 3822 2m 3f 4yo +
027 December Wayward Lad Novices' Chase Chase Kempton 3219 2m 4yo +
028 December Desert Orchid Chase Chase Kempton 3219 2m 4yo +
029 January Dipper Novices' Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
030 January Leamington Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Warwick 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
031 January Warfield Mares' Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 4828 3m 4yo +
032 January Holloway's Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 3923 2m 3½f 4yo +
033 January Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Haydock 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
034 January Altcar Novices' Chase Chase Haydock 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
035 January Champion Hurdle Trial Hurdle Haydock 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
036 January Peter Marsh Chase Chase Haydock 4828 3m 5yo +
037 January Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3420 2m 1f 4yo
038 January Cotswold Chase Chase Cheltenham 5130 3m 1½f 5yo +
039 January Classic Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4124 2m 4½f 4yo +
040 January Cleeve Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4828 3m 5yo +
041 Jan / Feb River Don Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Doncaster 4929 3m ½f 4yo +
042 Jan / Feb Lightning Novices' Chase Chase Doncaster 3319 2m ½f 5yo +
043 Jan / Feb Doncaster Mares' Hurdle Hurdle Doncaster 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
044 Jan / Feb Towton Novices' Chase Chase Wetherby 5029 3m 1f 5yo +
045 February Kingmaker Novices' Chase Chase Warwick 3219 2m 5yo +
046 February Denman Chase Chase Newbury 4828 3m 5yo +
047 February Game Spirit Chase Chase Newbury 3420 2m 1f 5yo +
048 February Winter Bumper Flat Newbury 3319 2m ½f 4yo * 4–6yo
049 February Reynoldstown Novices' Chase Chase Ascot 4828 3m 5yo +
050 February Rendlesham Hurdle Hurdle Haydock 5029 3m 1f 4yo +
051 February Prestige Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Haydock 5029 3m 1f 4yo +
052 February Kingwell Hurdle Hurdle Wincanton 3219 2m 4yo +
053 February Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Kempton 3219 2m 4yo
054 February Pendil Novices' Chase Chase Kempton 4124 2m 4½f 5yo +
055 February Dovecote Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Kempton 3219 2m 4yo+
056 Feb / March National Spirit Hurdle Hurdle Fontwell 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
057 Feb / March Premier Kelso Hurdle Hurdle Kelso 3621 2m 2f 4yo +
058 April Manifesto Novices' Chase Chase Aintree 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
059 April Top Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
060 April Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race Flat Aintree 3420 2m 1f 4yo * 4–6yo
061 April Silver Trophy Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
062 April Future Champion Novices' Chase Chase Ayr 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
063 April Scottish Champion Hurdle Hurdle Ayr 3219 2m 4yo +

Grade 3[edit]

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
000 May Swinton Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Haydock 3219 2m 4yo +
001 October Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Chepstow 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
002 Oct / Nov United House Gold Cup Chase Ascot 4828 3m 4yo +
003 November Murphy Group Handicap Chase Chase Cheltenham 5532 3m 3½f 4yo +
004 November Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase Cheltenham 4124 2m 4½f 4yo +
005 November Greatwood Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
006 November Betfair This Is Play Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Haydock Park 4828 3m 4yo +
007 Nov / Dec Hennessy Gold Cup Chase Newbury 5331 3m 2½f 4yo +
008 December Becher Chase Chase Aintree 5230 3m 2f 5yo +
009 December Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase Chase Cheltenham 5130 3m 1½f 4yo +
010 December Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
011 December The Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 3219 2m 4yo +
012 December Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase Chase Wetherby 5029 3m 1f 4yo +
013 December Welsh Grand National Chase Chepstow 5934 3m 5½f 4yo +
014 January Victorchandler.com Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
015 January Classic Chase Chase Warwick 5834 3m 5f 5yo +
016 January Murphy Group Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
017 Jan / Feb Heroes Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Sandown 4426 2m 6f 4yo +
018 February Betfair Hurdle Hurdle Newbury 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
019 February Grand National Trial Chase Haydock 5633 3m 4f 5yo +
020 February BetBright Chase Chase Kempton 4828 3m 5yo +
021 Feb / March Greatwood Gold Cup Chase Newbury 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
022 March Imperial Cup Hurdle Sandown 3219 2m 4yo +
023 March EBF Novices' Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Sandown 4023 2m 4f 4yo * 4–7yo
024 March Festival Trophy Handicap Chase Chase Cheltenham 4929 3m ½f 5yo +
025 March Coral Cup Hurdle Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
026 March Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 4yo
027 March Byrne Group Plate Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
028 March Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3420 2m 1f 5yo +
029 March Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Chase Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 5yo +
030 April Red Rum Handicap Chase Chase Aintree 3219 2m 5yo +
031 April Dominican Republic Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4928 3m ½f 4yo +
032 April Topham Chase Chase Aintree 4325 2m 5½f 5yo +
033 April Grand National Chase Aintree 7242 4m 4f 7yo +
034 April Scottish Grand National Chase Ayr 6639 4m 1f 5yo +
035 April Bet365 Gold Cup Chase Sandown 5934 3m 5½f 5yo +

Selected other races[edit]

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
000 November Badger Ales Trophy Chase Wincanton 5130 3m 1½f 4yo +
001 November Gerry Feilden Hurdle Hurdle Newbury 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
002 December Grand Sefton Chase Chase Aintree 4325 2m 5½f 6yo +
003 December Championship Standard Open NHF Race Flat Ascot 3219 2m 4yo * 4–6yo
004 December Ascot Silver Cup Chase Ascot 4828 3m 4yo +
005 December Tommy Whittle Chase Chase Haydock 4828 3m 4yo +
006 December Castleford Chase Chase Wetherby 3219 2m 5yo +
007 December Mandarin Handicap Chase Chase Newbury 5331 3m 2½f 4yo +
008 January Lanzarote Hurdle Hurdle Kempton 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
009 Jan / Feb Contenders Hurdle Hurdle Sandown 3319 2m ½f 5yo +
010 February Eider Chase Chase Newcastle 6639 4m 1f 5yo +
011 March Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Chase Cheltenham 6236 3m 7f 5yo +
012 March Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
013 March National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Chase Cheltenham 6437 4m 5yo +
014 March Pertemps Final Hurdle Cheltenham 4828 3m 5yo +
015 March Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase Cheltenham 5130 3m 1½f 5yo +
016 March CGA Foxhunter Chase Chase Cheltenham 5331 3m 2½f 5yo +
017 March Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4124 2m 4½f 4yo +
018 March Midlands Grand National Chase Uttoxeter 4124 4m 1f 5yo +

Discontinued[edit]

Last Run
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
001 January 1998 New Year's Day Hurdle Hurdle Windsor 3218 2m 4yo +
003 January 2000 Anthony Mildmay, Peter Cazalet Memorial Chase Chase Sandown Park 5934 3m 5½f 5yo+
002 December 2000 Knights Royal Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 3319 2m ½f 4-5yo
003 March 2004 Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
004 January 2006 Churchill Road Hurdle Hurdle Lingfield 3923 2m 3½f 4yo +
005 February 2008 Jim Ford Challenge Cup Chase Wincanton 5130 3m 1½f 5yo +

Distances in miles and furlongs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rae, George (1992). A Guide to The National Hunt Pattern. The Sporting Life. pp. 9–14. ISBN 0901091448.