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Cleeve Hurdle

The Cleeve Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five 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 in January.

In the late 1980s the event was classed at Listed level, and its full title was the Bishops Cleeve Hurdle. It was promoted to Grade 1 status in 1991, and in the following years its title was shortened to the present form. The race was initially run over 2½ miles (4,023 metres), but this has been subsequently modified several times. It was downgraded to Grade 2 status in 2004, and its distance was extended to the present length in 2005. In its analysis of that year's running, the Racing Post commented that the modified Cleeve Hurdle was "effectively replacing the long-distance hurdle formerly run at Haydock on Peter Marsh day."

The race is now a leading trial for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Winners since 1988






1988 Cloughtaney 7 Tony Mullins Paddy Mullins
1989 Calapaez 5 Simon Sherwood Brooke Sanders
1990 Beech Road 8 Richard Guest Toby Balding
1991 Crystal Spirit 4 Jimmy Frost Ian Balding
1992 no race 1992
1993 Muse 6 Paul Holley David Elsworth
1994 Flakey Dove 8 Richard Dunwoody Richard Price
1995 Mudahim 9 Norman Williamson Chris Broad
1996 no race 1996
1997 Large Action 9 Jamie Osborne Oliver Sherwood
1998 Mistinguett 6 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
1999 Lady Rebecca 7 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
2000 Lady Rebecca 8 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
2001 Lady Rebecca 9 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
2002 Kates Charm 9 Mick Fitzgerald Robert Alner
2003 Classified 7 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2004 Crystal d'Ainay 5 Jimmy McCarthy Alan King
2005 Patriarch Express 8 Jim Culloty Sue Smith
2006 Fire Dragon [1] 5 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2007 Blazing Bailey 5 Robert Thornton Alan King
2008 Inglis Drever 9 Richard Johnson Howard Johnson
2009 Big Buck's 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Tidal Bay 9 Brian Hughes Howard Johnson

1 The 2006 running took place at Sandown Park.


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