List of British National Hunt races
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
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. This forms the basis of the current Pattern, which has since been subject to further changes in status and number of races.
Selected other races
|January 1998||New Year's Day Hurdle||Hurdle||Windsor||2m||4yo +|
|January 2000||Anthony Mildmay, Peter Cazalet Memorial Chase||Chase||Sandown Park||3m 5½f||5yo+|
|December 2000||Knights Royal Hurdle||Hurdle||Ascot||2m ½f||4-5yo|
|March 2004||Cathcart Challenge Cup||Chase||Cheltenham||2m 5f||5yo +|
|January 2006||Churchill Road Hurdle||Hurdle||Lingfield||2m 3½f||4yo +|
|February 2008||Jim Ford Challenge Cup||Chase||Wincanton||3m 1½f||5yo +|
† Distances in miles and furlongs