Long Walk Hurdle
The Long Walk 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 Ascot over a distance of about 3 miles and 1 furlong (5,029 metres), and during its running there are fourteen hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in December.
The event is named after The Long Walk, an avenue of trees in Windsor Great Park. It was first run in 1965, and it was initially a handicap race. It became a conditions race in 1971, and it was given Grade 1 status in 1990. Prior to the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse, which took place during the period 2004–06, the distance of the race was 3 miles and 1½ furlongs.
Since 1971, four winners of the Long Walk Hurdle have gone on to win the World Hurdle in the same season – Derring Rose (1980–81), Baracouda (2001–02), My Way de Solzen (2005–06) and Big Buck's (2009–10).
Winners since 1971
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
|1971||St Patrick's Blue||6||Bill Smith||David Tatlow|
|1972||Highland Abbe||6||Mr Richard Smith||Les Kennard|
|1973||Soloning||8||Richard Pitman||Fred Winter|
|1974||Go Bingo||5||David Munro||Sam Hall|
|1975||Lanzarote||7||John Francome||Fred Winter|
|no race 1976 |
|1977||John Cherry||6||Steve Smith Eccles||Harry Thomson Jones|
|1978||Kelso Chant||6||Steve Charlton||Jumbo Wilkinson|
|1979||John Cherry||8||Steve Smith Eccles||Harry Thomson Jones|
|1980||Derring Rose||5||John Francome||Fred Winter|
|no race 1981 |
|1982||Mayotte||7||Paul Richards||Richard Holder|
|1983||Crimson Embers||8||Stuart Shilston||Fulke Walwyn|
|1984||Kristenson||7||Michael Williams||Roger Fisher|
|1985||Misty Dale||7||Phil Tuck||Jenny Pitman|
|1986||Out of the Gloom||5||Peter Scudamore||Reg Hollinshead|
|1987||Bluff Cove||5||Richard Dunwoody||Reg Hollinshead|
|1988||French Goblin||5||Peter Hobbs||Josh Gifford|
|1989||Royal Athlete||6||Dean Gallagher||Jenny Pitman|
|1990||Floyd||10||Graham Bradley||David Elsworth|
|no race 1991 |
|1992||Vagog||7||Martin Foster||Martin Pipe|
|1993||Sweet Duke||6||Carl Llewellyn||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|1994||Hebridean||7||Adrian Maguire||David Nicholson|
|1995||Silver Wedge||4||Jamie Osborne||Oliver Sherwood|
|1996||Ocean Hawk||4||Carl Llewellyn||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|1997||Paddy's Return||5||Norman Williamson||Ferdy Murphy|
|1998||Princeful||7||Richard Dunwoody||Jenny Pitman|
|1999||Anzum||8||Richard Johnson||Alan King|
|2000||Baracouda||5||Thierry Doumen||François Doumen|
|2001||Baracouda||6||Thierry Doumen||François Doumen|
|2002||Deano's Beeno||10||Tony McCoy||Martin Pipe|
|2003||Baracouda||8||Thierry Doumen||François Doumen|
|2004||Baracouda ||9||Thierry Doumen||François Doumen|
|2005||My Way de Solzen ||5||Robert Thornton||Alan King|
|2006||Mighty Man||6||Richard Johnson||Henry Daly|
|2007||Lough Derg||7||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe|
|2008||Punchestowns||5||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|2009||Big Buck's||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
1 The race was abandoned in 1976 and 1991 because of frost, and in 1981 because of snow.
2 Due to the closure of Ascot Racecourse for redevelopment, the race was switched to Windsor in 2004, and Chepstow in 2005.
3 It took place at Newbury in 2009 after the original fixture at Ascot was cancelled due to snow.
- pedigreequery.com – Long Walk Hurdle – Ascot.