Jump to: navigation, search

Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race

The Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race is a Grade 2 National Hunt flat race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four to six years. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 2 miles and 1 furlong (3,420 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Grand National meeting in early April.

The event was established in 1987, and it was given Grade 2 status in 1995. It has been sponsored by John Smith's since 2005. The field sometimes includes horses which ran previously in the Champion Bumper.


  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".






1987 Rustle 5 Michael Bowlby Nicky Henderson
1988 Black Moccasin 5 W. O'Callaghan Jenny Pitman
1989 no race 1989
1990 Going On 4 B. McGiff Sally Hall
1991 Dual Image 4 Mr Adrian Maguire Jimmy FitzGerald
1992 Brief Gale 5 Philip Hide Josh Gifford
1993 Native Field 4 Willie Dwan Jimmy FitzGerald
1994 Nahla 4 Sean Curran Jacqui Doyle
1995 Dante's Cavalier 5 Denis Leahy David Gandolfo
1996 Burn Out 4 Leighton Aspell Jeff Pearce
1997 no race 1997 [1]
1998 King's Road 5 Martin Keighley Nigel Twiston-Davies
1999 King of the Castle 4 Liam Corcoran Jenny Pitman
2000 Quadco 6 Mr Davy Russell Pat Fahy
2001 The Bajan Bandit 6 Bruce Gibson Len Lungo
2002 Kickham 6 Mr Philip Fenton Edward O'Grady
2003 Classic Native 5 Ron Flavin Jonjo O'Neill
2004 Diamond Sal 6 Fergus King Mary Reveley
2005 The Cool Guy 5 Steven Crawford Nigel Twiston-Davies
2006 Pangbourne 5 Robert Thornton Alan King
2007 Theatrical Moment 4 Tony Dobbin Alan Swinbank
2008 Honest John 4 Keith Mercer Tom Tate
2009 Sitting Tennant 6 Richard McGrath Kate Walton
2010 Megastar 5 Jamie Moore Gary L. Moore

1 The 1997 edition was cancelled because of a security alert at the racecourse.

See also



Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...