Aintree Hurdle

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Aintree Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Location Aintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Inaugurated 1976
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Sharp's Brewery
Website Aintree
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 0 lb (4yo);
11 st 7 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £200,000 (2015)
1st: £112,540
Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle
Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap Dark green, white cross belts, light green sleeves, dark green and white hooped cap Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap
Jezki Rock On Ruby Volnay De Thaix

The Aintree Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are eleven hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in early April.

The event was established in 1976, and it was originally run over 2 miles and 5½ furlongs. It was shortened to its present length in 1988. The race is staged during the three-day Grand National meeting, and was traditionally contested on the final day, Saturday. In 2013 it was moved to the opening day of the meeting, Thursday.

The Aintree Hurdle often features horses which ran previously over a shorter distance in the Champion Hurdle, and the last to win both events in the same year was Istabraq in 1999.

The 2010 running was named in memory of Dick Francis (1920–2010), a former jockey who was closely associated with Aintree. He famously rode Devon Loch in the Grand National, and he was leading the race on the run-in when the horse jumped and was overtaken.[1] Since 2014 the race has been sponsored by Sharp's Brewery and named after their Doom Bar ale.


Most successful horse (4 wins):

  • Morley Street – 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Charlie SwanDanoli (1994, 1995), Urubande (1996), Istabraq (1999)
  • Ruby Walsh - Ilnamar (2002), Sacundai (2003), Asian Maze (2006), Zarkandar (2013)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Toby BaldingBeech Road (1989), Morley Street (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)


  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
1976 Comedy of Errors 9 Ken White Fred Rimell
1977 Night Nurse (DH) 6 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby
1977 Monksfield (DH) 5 Dessie Hughes Des McDonogh
1978 Monksfield 6 Dessie Hughes Des McDonogh
1979 Monksfield 7 Dessie Hughes Des McDonogh
1980 Pollardstown 5 Philip Blacker Stan Mellor
1981 Daring Run 6 Mr Ted Walsh Peter McCreery
1982 Daring Run 7 Mr Ted Walsh Peter McCreery
1983 Gaye Brief 6 Richard Linley Mercy Rimell
1984 Dawn Run 6 Tony Mullins Paddy Mullins
1985 Bajan Sunshine 6 Peter Scudamore Martin Tate
1986 Aonoch 7 Jimmy Duggan Sally Oliver
1987 Aonoch 8 Jacqui Oliver Sally Oliver
1988 Celtic Chief 5 Richard Dunwoody Mercy Rimell
1989 Beech Road 7 Richard Guest Toby Balding
1990 Morley Street 6 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding
1991 Morley Street 7 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding
1992 Morley Street 8 Richard Dunwoody Toby Balding
1993 Morley Street 9 Graham Bradley Toby Balding
1994 Danoli 6 Charlie Swan Tom Foley
1995 Danoli 7 Charlie Swan Tom Foley
1996 Urubande 6 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1997 Bimsey 7 Mick Fitzgerald Reg Akehurst
1998 Pridwell 8 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1999 Istabraq 7 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
2000 Mister Morose 10 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2001 Barton 8 Tony Dobbin Tim Easterby
2002 Ilnamar 6 Ruby Walsh Martin Pipe
2003 Sacundai 6 Ruby Walsh Edward O'Grady
2004 Rhinestone Cowboy 8 Mr J. P. Magnier Jonjo O'Neill
2005 Al Eile 5 Timmy Murphy John Queally
2006 Asian Maze 7 Ruby Walsh Tom Mullins
2007 Al Eile 7 Timmy Murphy John Queally
2008 Al Eile 8 Timmy Murphy John Queally
2009 Solwhit 5 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes
2010 Khyber Kim 8 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2011 Oscar Whisky 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Oscar Whisky 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Zarkandar 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2014 The New One 6 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies
2015 Jezki 7 Tony McCoy Jessica Harrington

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Walker, Tim (February 17, 2010). "Aintree finally gives Dick Francis his due". London: Retrieved 2010-04-10.