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Liverpool Hurdle

Grade 1 race
Liverpool Hurdle
Location Aintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Inaugurated 1974
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor BGC Partners
Website Aintree
Race information
Distance 3m ½f (4,929 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 10 st 13 lb (4yo);
11 st 7 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £100,000 (2010)
1st: £57,010

The Liverpool 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 at Aintree over a distance of about 3 miles and 110 yards (4,929 metres), and during its running there are thirteen hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in early April.



The event was established in 1974, and it was originally held at Ascot. During the first part of its history it was called the Long Distance Hurdle, and it was initially contested over 3 miles. For a period it was classed at Grade 2 level.

The race was transferred to Aintree in 2004, and since then it has been named after the nearby city of Liverpool. Its original distance has been extended by 110 yards.

The Liverpool Hurdle was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2010, and it is currently the first race on the opening day of the three-day Grand National meeting.

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the World Hurdle, and the last to win both races in the same year was Big Buck's in 2010.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Gaye Brief – 1986, 1988
  • Mighty Man – 2006, 2007

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Peter ScudamoreGaye Chance (1982), Bajan Sunshine (1985), Gaye Brief (1986), Mrs Muck (1987), Pragada (1992)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Martin PipePragada (1992), Sweet Glow (1994), Galant Moss (1999), Maid Equal (2001), Deano's Beeno (2003)


  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".






1974 Moyne Royal 9 Jeff King Arthur Pitt
1975 Lanzarote 7 Richard Pitman Fred Winter
1976 Good Prospect 7 Andrew Turnell John Edwards
1977 Mark Henry 6 Tommy Stack Bill Elsey
1978 Flame Gun 6 Mr Niall Madden Edward O'Grady
1979 Prominent King 7 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1980 Derring Rose 5 Andrew Turnell Alan Jarvis
1981 Shell Burst 6 Hywel Davies Les Kennard
1982 Gaye Chance 7 Peter Scudamore Mercy Rimell
1983 Sandalay 5 Paul Charlton Peter Cundell
1984 Alastor O Mavros 5 Hywel Davies Josh Gifford
1985 Bajan Sunshine 6 Peter Scudamore Martin Tate
1986 Gaye Brief 9 Peter Scudamore Mercy Rimell
1987 Mrs Muck 6 Peter Scudamore Nigel Twiston-Davies
1988 Gaye Brief 11 Dermot Browne Mercy Rimell
1989 no race 1989 [1]
1990 Battalion 6 Ben de Haan Charlie Brooks
1991 Mole Board 9 Jamie Osborne Jim Old
1992 Pragada 9 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1993 Sweet Duke 6 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
1994 Sweet Glow 7 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1995 Cab on Target 9 Peter Niven Mary Reveley
1996 Pleasure Shared 8 Warren Marston Philip Hobbs
1997 Trainglot 10 Richard Dunwoody Jimmy FitzGerald
1998 Marello 7 Peter Niven Mary Reveley
1999 Galant Moss 5 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2000 Teaatral 6 Dean Gallagher Charles Egerton
2001 Maid Equal 10 Mr Tom Scudamore Martin Pipe
2002 Spendid 10 Warren Marston Alan King
2003 Deano's Beeno 11 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2004 Iris's Gift 7 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O'Neill
2005 Monet's Garden 7 Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
2006 Mighty Man 6 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2007 Mighty Man 7 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2008 Blazing Bailey 6 Robert Thornton Alan King
2009 Big Buck's 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Big Buck's 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls

1 The 1989 running was abandoned because of snow.

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1974 – this race is included under its original title, Long Distance Hurdle.


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 65. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 


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