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 Stayers' 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 Top Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
030 April Manifesto Novices' Chase Chase Aintree 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
031 April Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 3319 2m ½f 4yo
032 April Betway Bowl Chase Aintree 5029 3m 1f 5yo +
033 April Aintree Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
034 April Mildmay Novices' Chase Chase Aintree 5029 3m 1f 5yo +
035 April Mersey Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
036 April Melling Chase Chase Aintree 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
037 April Sefton Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4929 3m ½f 4yo +
038 April Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4929 3m ½f 4yo +
039 April Maghull Novices' Chase Chase Aintree 3219 2m 5yo +
040 April Celebration Chase Chase Sandown 3219 2m 5yo +

Grade 2[edit]

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age/Sex
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 +
010 November Shloer Chase Chase Cheltenham 3219 2m 5yo +
012 November 1965 Chase Chase Ascot 4225 2m 5f 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 Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 3219 2m 4yo +
024 December Noel Novices' Chase Chase Ascot 3822 2m 3f 4yo +
025 December Wayward Lad Novices' Chase Chase Kempton 3219 2m 4yo +
026 December Desert Orchid Chase Chase Kempton 3219 2m 4yo +
027 January Dipper Novices' Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
028 January Relkeel Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 4,124 2m 4½f 4yo +
030 January Leamington Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Warwick 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
031 January Warfield Mares' Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 4828 3m 4yo + m
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 + m
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 Jane Seymour Mares' Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Sandown 4023 2m 4f 4yo + m
050 February Reynoldstown Novices' Chase Chase Ascot 4828 3m 5yo +
051 February Rendlesham Hurdle Hurdle Haydock 5029 3m 1f 4yo +
052 February Prestige Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Haydock 5029 3m 1f 4yo +
053 February Kingwell Hurdle Hurdle Wincanton 3219 2m 4yo +
054 February Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Kempton 3219 2m 4yo
055 February Pendil Novices' Chase Chase Kempton 4124 2m 4½f 5yo +
056 February Dovecote Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Kempton 3219 2m 4yo+
057 Feb / March National Spirit Hurdle Hurdle Fontwell 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
058 Feb / March Premier Kelso Hurdle Hurdle Kelso 3621 2m 2f 4yo +
059 March National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Chase Cheltenham 6437 4m 5yo +
060 March Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3420 2m 1f 4yo + m
061 March Mares' Novices' Hurdle Finale Hurdle Newbury 4124 2m 4½f 4yo + m
062 April Nickel Coin Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race Flat Aintree 3420 2m 1f 4–6yo m
063/span> April Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race Flat Aintree 3420 2m 1f 4–6yo
064 April Silver Trophy Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
065 April Future Champion Novices' Chase Chase Ayr 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
066 April Scottish Champion Hurdle Hurdle Ayr 3219 2m 4yo +
067 April Oaksey Chase Chase Sandown 4626 2m 7f 5yo +
068 April Bet365 Select Hurdle Hurdle Sandown 4325 2m 5½f 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 Sodexo Gold Cup Chase Ascot 4828 3m 4yo +
003 November BetVictor Handicap Chase Chase Cheltenham 5532 3m 3½f 4yo +
004 November BetVictor Gold Cup Chase Cheltenham 4124 2m 4½f 4yo +
005 November Greatwood Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
006 November Betfair "Fixed Brush" 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 Unicoin Group Handicap Chase Chase Cheltenham 5230 3m 2f 4yo +
010 December Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
011 December Wessex Youth Trust 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 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Hcap Chase Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
015 January Classic Chase Chase Warwick 5834 3m 5f 5yo +
016 January Hugo's Restaurant Barbados Trophy 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 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 Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4928 3m ½f 4yo +
032 April Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Aintree 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
033 April Topham Chase Chase Aintree 4325 2m 5½f 5yo +
034 April Grand National Chase Aintree 7242 4m 4f 7yo +
035 April Scottish Grand National Chase Ayr 6639 4m 1f 5yo +
036 April Bet365 Gold Cup Chase Sandown 5934 3m 5½f 5yo +

Selected other races[edit]

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Status
Distance
Age
001 September Prelude Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Market Rasen Listed handicap 3319 2m ½f 3yo +
002 September Prelude Handicap Chase Chase Market Rasen Listed handicap 4325 2m 5½f 4yo +
003 November Badger Ales Trophy Chase Wincanton Listed handicap 5130 3m 1½f 4yo +
004 November Kempton Mares' Hurdle Hurdle Kempton Listed 4929 3m ½f 4yo +
005 November Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race Flat Cheltenham Listed 3298 2m ½f 4–6yo m
006 November Gerry Feilden Hurdle Hurdle Newbury Listed handicap 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
007 November Wetherby Mares' Hurdle Hurdle Wetherby Listed 3319 2m ½f 4yo +
008 November ApolloBet Mares' Chase Chase Carlisle Listd 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
009 December Grand Sefton Chase Chase Aintree Handicap 4325 2m 5½f 6yo +
010 December Championship Standard Open NHF Race Flat Ascot Listed 3219 2m 4yo * 4–6yo
011 December Ascot Silver Cup Chase Ascot Listed handicap 4828 3m 4yo +
012 December Tommy Whittle Chase Chase Haydock Handicap 4828 3m 4yo +
013 December Castleford Chase Chase Wetherby Handicap 3219 2m 5yo +
014 December Mandarin Handicap Chase Chase Newbury Handicap 5331 3m 2½f 4yo +
015 December Mares' Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Taunton Listed 3319 2m ½f 3yo +
016 January Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Flat Cheltenham Listed 2816 1m 6f 4yo
016 January Sussex National Chase Plumpton Listed 2816 3m 5f 4yo
017 January Lanzarote Hurdle Hurdle Kempton Handicap 4225 2m 5f 4yo +
018 January Hampton Novices' Chase Chase Warwick Listed 4828 3m 5yo +
019 January Great Yorkshire Chase Chase Doncaster Listed handicap 4828 3m 5yo +
020 Jan / Feb Welsh Champion Hurdle Hurdle Ffos Las Handicap 4023 2m 4f 4yo +
021 Jan / Feb Contenders Hurdle Hurdle Sandown Listed 3319 2m ½f 5yo +
022 Jan / Feb Gainsborough Chase Hurdle Sandown Handicap 4929 3m ½f 5yo +
023 February Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial Hurdle Musselburgh Listed 3219 2m 4yo
024 February Scottish County Hurdle Hurdle Musselburgh Handicap 3219 2m 4yo+
025 February Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Huntingdon Listed 4325 2m 5½f 4yo +
026 February Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Haydock Park Conditions 3219 2m 4yo
027 February Royal Artillery Gold Cup Chase Sandown Conditions 4862 3m 6yo +
028 February Swinley Chase Chase Ascot Listed handicap 4828 3m 5yo +
029 February Morebattle Hurdle Hurdle Kelso Conditions 3621 2m 2f 4yo +
030 February Eider Chase Chase Newcastle Handicap 6639 4m 1f 5yo +
031 Feb / March Geoffrey Gilbey Handicap Chase Chase Newbury Handicap 3419 2m 1f 5yo +
032 Feb / March Grimthorpe Handicap Chase Chase Doncaster Handicap 5230 3m 2f 5yo +
033 March Grand Military Gold Cup Chase Sandown Conditions 4929 3m ½f 5yo +
034 March Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Chase Cheltenham Conditions 6236 3m 7f 5yo +
035 March Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase Chase Cheltenham Listed handicap 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
036 March Pertemps Final Hurdle Cheltenham Listed handicap 4828 3m 5yo +
037 March Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase Cheltenham Handicap 5130 3m 1½f 5yo +
038 March CGA Foxhunter Chase Chase Cheltenham Conditions 5331 3m 2½f 5yo +
039 March Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle Hurdle Cheltenham Handicap 4124 2m 4½f 4yo +
040 March Midlands Grand National Chase Uttoxeter Listed handicap 4124 4m 1f 5yo +
041 April Fox Hunters' Chase Chase Aintree Conditions 4325 2m 5½f 6yo +
042 April Betfred Handicap Chase Chase Aintree Listed 5030 3m 1f 5yo +

Discontinued[edit]

Last Run
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
001 February 1990 Greenall Whitley Gold Cup Chase Haydock Park 4828 3m 5yo +
002 February 1996 Timeform Chase Chase Haydock Park 4023 2m 4f 5yo +
003 March 1996 Beaufort Hurdle Hurdle Chepstow 3319 2m ½f 5yo
004 February 1997 Fairlawne Chase Chase Windsor 4828 3m 5yo +
005 January 1998 New Year's Day Hurdle Hurdle Windsor 3218 2m 4yo +
006 November 1999 Hurst Park Novices' Chase Chase Ascot 3218 2m 5yo +
007 January 2000 Anthony Mildmay, Peter Cazalet Memorial Chase Chase Sandown Park 5934 3m 5½f 5yo+
008 December 2000 Knights Royal Hurdle Hurdle Ascot 3319 2m ½f 4-5yo
009 January 2003 John Bull Chase Chase Wincanton 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
010 January 2004 ASW Handicap Chase Chase Cheltenham 6637 4m 1f 5yo +
011 January 2004 Premier Stayers' Hurdle Hurdle Haydock Park 4727 2m 7½f 5yo +
012 March 2004 Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase Cheltenham 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
013 November 2004 Terry Biddlecombe Challenge Trophy Chase Wincanton 4225 2m 5f 5yo +
014 January 2006 Churchill Road Hurdle Hurdle Lingfield 3923 2m 3½f 4yo +
015 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.