The Contenders Hurdle is a Listed National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of about 2 miles and 110 yards (3,319 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in late January or early February.
The event was originally titled the Oteley Hurdle, and it was contested over a length of 2 miles (3,219 metres). Winners in the 1970s included Lanzarote and Sea Pigeon, and during the 1980s it was won by Desert Orchid and See You Then.
From the early 1990s until 2007 the race was sponsored by Agfa, and it was known as the Agfa Hurdle. In 1993 its distance was extended by 110 yards (about 100 metres) to the current length. It is presently sponsored by Tote Bookmakers, and it is run as the Toteplacepot Contenders Hurdle. The 2008 running was classed at Grade 2 level, but the event was reverted to its former Listed status in 2009. The race often serves as a trial for the Champion Hurdle, and the most recent horse to win both events in the same year is Binocular in 2010.
Winners since 1989
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
|1989||Aldino||6||Simon Sherwood||Oliver Sherwood|
|no race 1990 |
|1991||Voyage Sans Retour||6||Peter Scudamore||Martin Pipe|
|1992||Fidway||7||Peter Scudamore||Tim Thomson Jones|
|1993||Mole Board||11||Carl Llewellyn||Jim Old|
|1994||Muse||7||Paul Holley||David Elsworth|
|1995||Land Afar||8||Graham McCourt||John Webber|
|1996||Atours||8||Richard Dunwoody||David Elsworth|
|1997||Double Symphony||9||Jamie Osborne||Charlie Brooks|
|1998||Master Beveled||8||Tony McCoy||David Evans|
|1999||Midnight Legend||8||Richard Johnson||David Nicholson|
|2000||Auetaler||6||Tony McCoy||Martin Pipe|
|2001||Teaatral||7||Norman Williamson||Charles Egerton|
|2002||Bilboa||5||Thierry Doumen||François Doumen|
|2003||Rooster Booster||9||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2004||Rhinestone Cowboy||8||Mr J. P. Magnier||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2005||Self Defense||8||Robert Thornton||Patrick Chamings|
|2006||Royal Shakespeare||7||Tom Scudamore||Steve Gollings|
|2007||Detroit City||5||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2008||Afsoun||6||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|2009||Celestial Halo||5||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2010||Binocular||6||Tony McCoy||Nicky Henderson|
1 The 1990 running was abandoned because of waterlogging.
- pedigreequery.com – Contenders Hurdle – Sandown.