World Hurdle

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World Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Ryanair
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 3 miles (4,828 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 0 lb (4yo);
11 st 10 lb (5yo+)
Allowances
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £275,000 (2014)
1st: £156,612.50
Ladbrokes World Hurdle
2016
Orange, black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Navy blue, scarlet stripe and cap
Thistlecrack Alpha Des Obeaux Bobs Worth

The World 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 on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are twelve hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

It is the leading long-distance hurdle event in the National Hunt calendar, and it is the feature race on the third day of the Festival.

History[edit]

The inaugural race was run in 1912 at Prestbury Park over 3 miles with £100 (£200 in 1913) prize money to the winner and £10 to the runner-up. It was called "Stayers Selling Hurdle" and was a Weight for Age Selling type of event with the winning horse being sold for £50 after the race.[1] The race was dropped from the festival programme twice during 1928-1929 and in 1939-1945 but in 1946 it replaced the Spa Hurdle which was previously run in 1923 and 1942 over 2 miles. From 1946 to 1967 the Spa Hurdle was run over the same 3 miles until being renamed in 1972 as the Stayers' Hurdle,[2] when it was sponsored by Lloyds Bank. It was backed by Waterford Crystal from 1978 to 1990, and by Bonusprint from 1991 to 2004. The race used to be held on either the Tuesday or the Wednesday of the Festival, but it was moved to the Thursday in 1993.

The modern title of the race was changed to the World Hurdle when Ladbrokes took over the sponsorship in 2005.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse since 1972 (4 wins):

Leading jockey since 1972 (4 wins):

  • Ruby WalshBig Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Leading trainer since 1972 (4 wins):

Leading owner since 1972 (4 wins):

  • The Stewart Family – Big Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

List of renewals[edit]

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
  • Separate divisions of the race indicated by (1) and (2).
Date
Winner
Margin
SP
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Runners
13-03-1912 1912, 13 March Aftermath 15 1001.1 11/10F 6 Mr. J. W. Pullen Newey Hednesford A. Newey 4 [3]
12-03-1913 1913, 12 March Silver Bay 1001.75 7/4 Mr. W. Catling Fitton Lewes G. H. Hearman 5 [4]
11-03-1914 1914, 11 March Silver Bay 2 1002.5 5/2F Mr. W. Catling Fitton Lewes W. Fitton 12 [5]
10-03-1915 1915, 10 March Walkover by Rathduff ridden by Mr. Brabazon [6]
01-01-1916 No races 1916–19 [a]
10-03-1920 1920, 10 March Wingman 4 1000.6666666667 4/6F Mr. H. Brown H. A. Brown H. Brown 12 [7]
02-03-1921 1921, 2 March Flurry 1001.25 5/4F W. Smith Stratton W. Stratton 11 [8]
8-03-1922 1922, 8 March Matoppo 8 1002 2/1F F. Rees C. Piggott F. Pedley 12 [9]
7-03-1923 1923, 7 March Warwick 1000.5714285714 4/7F I. Morgan Tabor S. Cohen 3 [10]
12-03-1924 1924, 12 March The Jester 8 1002.25 9/4F 6 Keith Piggott Ernie Piggott R. Davison 14 [11]
10-03-1925 1925, 10 March Warwick 12 1002.25 9/4F George Duller W. Payne Jesse Brown 15 [12]
10-03-19261926, 10 March Waterford Glass II 2 1008 8/1 11 E. Foster Pease Mrs Pease 17 [13]
9-03-19271927, 9 March Zarane 1 1009 9/1 13 Speck Butchers J. T. Coltman 13 [14]
01-01-1928 No races 1928–29 [b]
11-03-19301930, 11 March Sobrino 2 1000.7272727273 8/11F 5 L. Butchers Frank Wootton S. Wootton 15 [15]
01-01-1931 no race 1931 [c]
3-03-19321932, 3 March Icy Kiss 4 1003.5 7/2 4 W. Hollie Dick Mrs D. P. Dick 12 [16]
9-03-19331933, 9 March Sobrino 2 1012.5 100/8 8 Mr F. Usher F. Usher Wight 13 [17]
8-03-19341934, 8 March Fobdown 1001.5 6/4F 4 Frenchie Nicholson J. Reardon J. Reardon 5 [18]
14-03-19351935, 14 March Salic Law 20 1000.5714285714 4/7F 5 Frenchie Nicholson V. Hobbs Sangster 4 [19]
12-03-19361936, 12 March Bishop's Move 1003 3/1 5 C. Mitchell W. Payne A. Donn 12 [20]
01-01-1937 no race 1937 [c]
10-03-19381938, 10 March Chestnut 1007 7/1 9 Keith Piggott Ernie Piggott Mrs E. Johnson 11 [21]
01-01-1939 No races 1939–45 [b]
14-03-19461946, 14 March Haze 2 1008 8/1 7 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth 17 [22]
01-01-1947 No races 1947 [d]
4-03-19481948, 4 March (1) Spam 2 1000.9090909091 10/11F 6 Aubrey Brabazon M. Brabazon J. Ismay 15 [23]
3-03-19481948, 3 March (2) Albor 2 1006 6/1 6 R. Black W. Payne 17 [24]
01-01-1949 no race 1949 [c]
9-03-19501950, 9 March Mosquito II 1 1002.25 9/4 5 R. Black De Moraville Major I. M. Floor 17 [25]
25-04-19511951, 25 April Whim II 2 1014.2857142857 100/7 5 J. Gilbert H. Christie 20 [26]
6-03-19521952, 6 March Sarda II 6 1002 2/1F 7 Bob Turnell Ivor Anthony Miss P. Vaughan 15 [27]
5-03-19531953, 5 March Jack Leal nk 1002.5 5/2F 8 Bryan Marshall Peter Cazalet 18 [28]
Modern renewals from 1972
1972 Parlour Moor 8 Macer Gifford Harry Thomson Jones Charlotte Monkton
1973 Moyne Royal 8 David Mould Arthur Pitt E. Cook
1974 Highland Abbe 8 Richard Smith Les Kennard Mrs K. Hankey
1975 Brown Lad 9 Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper Mrs Peter Burrell
1976 Bit of a Jig 8 Dessie Hughes Mick O'Toole Mrs Mick O'Toole
1977 Town Ship 6 Tommy Carberry Peter Easterby Pat Muldoon
1978 Flame Gun 6 Mr Niall Madden Edward O'Grady Mary Kenny
1979 Lighter 6 Philip Blacker John Edwards G. Smith
1980 Mountrivers 6 Tommy Ryan Edward O'Grady B. Burser
1981 Derring Rose 6 John Francome Fred Winter Peter Savill
1982 Crimson Embers 7 Stuart Shilston Fulke Walwyn Sally Smart
1983 A Kinsman 7 Geordie Dun John Brockbank Mrs John Brockbank
1984 Gaye Chance 9 Sam Morshead Mercy Rimell Mary Curtis
1985 Rose Ravine 6 Ricky Pusey Fulke Walwyn Sally Smart
1986 Crimson Embers 11 Stuart Shilston Fulke Walwyn Sally Smart
1987 Galmoy 8 Tommy Carmody John Mulhern Miss D. Threadwell
15-03-19881988, 15 March Galmoy 7 1002 2/1F 9 Tommy Carmody John Mulhern Miss D. Threadwell 16 [29]
14-03-19891989, 14 March Rustle 12 1004 4/1 7 Michael Bowlby Nicky Henderson Robert Waley-Cohen 21 [30]
13-03-19901990, 13 March Trapper John 1 12 1007.5 15/2 6 Charlie Swan Mouse Morris Jill Fanning 22 [31]
12-03-19911991, 12 March King's Curate nk 1002.5 5/2F 7 Mark Perrett Stan Mellor C. J. Ells 15 [32]
10-03-19921992, 10 March Nomadic Way 3 12 1007.5 15/2 7 Jamie Osborne Barry Hills Robert Sangster 17 [33]
18-03-19931993, 18 March Shuil Ar Aghaidh 2 12 1020 20/1 7 Charlie Swan Paddy Kiely Mrs Paddy Kiely 12 [34]
17-03-19941994, 17 March Balasani [1] shd [1] 1004.5 9/2J 8 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe Mark Smith 14 [35]
16-03-19951995, 16 March Dorans Pride 5 1002.75 11/4F 6 Shane Broderick Michael Hourigan Tom Doran 11 [36]
14-03-19961996, 14 March Cyborgo 34 1008 8/1 6 David Bridgwater Martin Pipe County Stores Ltd 19 [37]
13-03-19971997, 13 March Karshi 2 12 1020 20/1 7 Jamie Osborne Henrietta Knight 3rd Baron Vestey 17 [38]
19-03-19981998, 19 March Princeful 2 1016 16/1 7 Rodney Farrant Jenny Pitman Robert Hitchins 9 [39]
18-03-19991999, 18 March Anzum nk 1040 40/1 8 Richard Johnson David Nicholson Old Foresters Partnership 12 [40]
16-03-20002000, 16 March Bacchanal 1 1005.5 11/2 6 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Lady Lloyd-Webber 10 [41]
01-01-2001 no race 2001 [2]
14-03-20022002, 14 March Baracouda nk 1001.625 13/8F 7 Thierry Doumen François Doumen J. P. McManus 16 [42]
13-03-20032003, 13 March Baracouda 34 1002.25 9/4JF 8 Thierry Doumen François Doumen J. P. McManus 11 [43]
18-03-20042004, 18 March Iris's Gift 1 12 1004.5 9/2 7 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O'Neill Robert Lester 10 [44]
17-03-20052005, 17 March Inglis Drever 3 1005 5/1 6 Graham Lee Howard Johnson Andrea & Graham Wylie 12 [45]
2006 My Way de Solzen 6 Robert Thornton Alan King Winfield, Longman et al.
2007 Inglis Drever 8 Paddy Brennan Howard Johnson Andrea & Graham Wylie
2008 Inglis Drever 9 Denis O'Regan Howard Johnson Andrea & Graham Wylie
2009 Big Buck's 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Stewart Family
2010 Big Buck's 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Stewart Family
2011 Big Buck's 8 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Stewart Family
2012 Big Buck's 9 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Stewart Family
2013 Solwhit 9 Paul Carberry Charles Byrnes Top of the Hill
2014 More Of That 6 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O'Neill J. P. McManus
12-03-20152015, 12 March Cole Harden 3 14 1002.5 5/2F 6 Gavin Sheehan Warren Greatrex Jill & Robin Eynon 16 [46]
17-03-20162016, 17 March Thistlecrack 7 1001 EvensF 8 Tom Scudamore Colin Tizzard John and Heather Snook 12 [47]

a Festival was not run in 1916-1919 because of World War I
b Dropped from the Festival programme in 1928-29 and 1939-1945
c The race was abandoned in 1931 and 1949 because of frost, and in 1937 because of flooding
d The 1947 edition was abandoned because of snow and frost.
1 Avro Anson finished first in 1994 a short head in front of Balasani, but he was relegated to second place for causing interference.
2 The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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