Mersey Novices' Hurdle

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Mersey Novices' Hurdle
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The Mersey Novices' Hurdle is a Grade One National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Aintree, Merseyside, 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 for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Grand National meeting in early April.

The distance of the race was cut by a furlong to its present length in 1988. For a period it was sponsored by Mumm, and it was given Grade Two status in 1991. It has had several different sponsors since 1992, and the latest of these, Betway, began supporting the event in 2017. The Mersey Novices' Hurdle was upgraded to Grade One by the British Horseracing Board from its 2014 running.[1]

The Mersey Novices' Hurdle often features horses which ran previously in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, and the last to achieve victory in both races was Yorkhill in 2016.

Winners since 1977[edit]

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
1977 Samuel Pepys 6 John Burke Fred Rimell
1978 Raleighstown 7 Tommy Kinane Christy Kinane
1979 Taffy 4 Tommy Carmody Peter Bailey
1980 Wayward Lad 5 Tommy Carmody Tony Dickinson
1981 Hareshaw 6 Tommy Carmody Michael Dickinson
1982 Gallaher 6 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1983 Ballinacurra Lad 8 Pat Leech John Crowley
1984 Lochboisdale 4 Steve Smith Eccles Jeff King
1985 Out of the Gloom 4 Jonjo O'Neill Reg Hollinshead
1986 Canute Express 5 Mr Lorcan Wyer Homer Scott
1987 The West Awake 6 Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood
1988 Sir Blake 7 Brendan Powell David Elsworth
1989 Morley Street 5 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding
1990 Vazon Bay 6 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman
1991 Shannon Glen 5 Michael Bowlby Jenny Pitman
1992 Coulton 5 Graham McCourt Mick Easterby
1993 Lemon's Mill 4 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1994 Cyborgo 4 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1995 Tervel 4 Charlie Swan Jeff Pearce
1996 Silver Shred 5 Jonothan Lower Martin Pipe
1997 Sanmartino 5 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1998 Promalee 6 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1999 Barton 6 Lorcan Wyer Tim Easterby
2000 Best Mate 5 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight
2001 Montalcino 5 Brian Crowley Venetia Williams
2002 Classified 6 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2003 Leinster 6 Kieran Kelly Dessie Hughes
2004 Garde Champetre 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2005 Turpin Green 6 Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
2006 Natal 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2007 Tidal Bay 6 Paddy Brennan Howard Johnson
2008 Elusive Dream 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 Bouggler 4 Noel Fehily Emma Lavelle
2010 Peddlers Cross 5 Jason Maguire Donald McCain, Jr.
2011 Spirit Son 5 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Simonsig 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Ubak 5 Jamie Moore Gary Moore
2014 Lac Fontana 5 Tony McCoy Paul Nicholls
2015 Nichols Canyon 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Yorkhill 6 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2017 Finian's Oscar 5 Robbie Power Colin Tizzard

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "British Horseracing Authority Announces Upgrades to Jump Pattern Races for 2013/14". Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.