Mersey Novices' Hurdle
The Mersey Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Aintree, Merseyside, over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are eleven hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Grand National meeting in early April.
The distance of the race was cut by a furlong to its present length in 1988. For a period it was sponsored by Mumm, and it was given Grade 2 status in 1991. It has had several different sponsors since 1992, and the latest of these, John Smith's, began supporting the event in 2009.
The Mersey Novices' Hurdle often features horses which ran previously in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, and the last to achieve victory in both races was Peddlers Cross in 2010.
Winners since 1977
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
|1977||Samuel Pepys||6||John Burke||Fred Rimell|
|1978||Raleighstown||7||Tommy Kinane||Christy Kinane|
|1979||Taffy||4||Tommy Carmody||Peter Bailey|
|1980||Wayward Lad||5||Tommy Carmody||Tony Dickinson|
|1981||Hareshaw||6||Tommy Carmody||Michael Dickinson|
|1982||Gallaher||6||Bill Smith||Fulke Walwyn|
|1983||Ballinacurra Lad||8||Pat Leech||Joe Crowley|
|1984||Lochboisdale||4||Steve Smith Eccles||Jeff King|
|1985||Out of the Gloom||4||Jonjo O'Neill||Reg Hollinshead|
|1986||Canute Express||5||Mr Lorcan Wyer||Homer Scott|
|1987||The West Awake||6||Simon Sherwood||Oliver Sherwood|
|1988||Sir Blake||7||Brendan Powell||David Elsworth|
|1989||Morley Street||5||Jimmy Frost||Toby Balding|
|1990||Vazon Bay||6||Mark Pitman||Jenny Pitman|
|1991||Shannon Glen||5||Michael Bowlby||Jenny Pitman|
|1992||Coulton||5||Graham McCourt||Mick Easterby|
|1993||Lemon's Mill||4||Peter Scudamore||Martin Pipe|
|1994||Cyborgo||4||Richard Dunwoody||Martin Pipe|
|1995||Tervel||4||Charlie Swan||Jeff Pearce|
|1996||Silver Shred||5||Jonothan Lower||Martin Pipe|
|1997||Sanmartino||5||Richard Dunwoody||David Nicholson|
|1998||Promalee||6||Charlie Swan||Aidan O'Brien|
|1999||Barton||6||Lorcan Wyer||Tim Easterby|
|2000||Best Mate||5||Jim Culloty||Henrietta Knight|
|2001||Montalcino||5||Brian Crowley||Venetia Williams|
|2002||Classified||6||Tony McCoy||Martin Pipe|
|2003||Leinster||6||Kieran Kelly||Dessie Hughes|
|2004||Garde Champetre||5||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2005||Turpin Green||6||Tony Dobbin||Nicky Richards|
|2006||Natal||5||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2007||Tidal Bay||6||Paddy Brennan||Howard Johnson|
|2008||Elusive Dream||7||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2009||Bouggler||4||Noel Fehily||Emma Lavelle|
|2010||Peddlers Cross||5||Jason Maguire||Donald McCain|
- aintree.co.uk – 2010 John Smith's Grand National Media Guide.
- pedigreequery.com – Mersey Novices' Hurdle – Aintree.