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Persian War Novices' Hurdle

The Persian War 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 Chepstow 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 in late October.

The event is named after Persian War, a three-time winner of the Champion Hurdle who was trained near Chepstow. It was formerly held in February, and for a period it was contested over 2 miles and 4½ furlongs. It was switched to November in the 2000–01 season, and at the same time its distance was cut by 110 yards. The race was moved to late October in 2004.

Winners since 1988






1988 Sir Blake 7 Colin Brown David Elsworth
1989 no race 1989–91 [1]
1992 Mighty Mogul 5 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman
1993 High Alltitude 5 N. Bentley George M. Moore
1994 no race 1994
1995 St Mellion Fairway 6 Tom Grantham Jim Old
1996 Jet Rules 6 Warren Marston Jenny Pitman
1997 Boardroom Shuffle 6 Philip Hide Josh Gifford
1998 Red Curate 7 Warren Marston Graham McCourt
1999 no race 1999
2000.02 2000 Feb Monsignor [2] 6 Norman Williamson Mark Pitman
2000.11 2000 Nov Valley Henry 5 Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
2001 One Knight 5 Paul Flynn Philip Hobbs
2002 Supreme Prince 5 Paul Flynn Philip Hobbs
2003 Champagne Harry 5 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2004 Knowhere 6 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2005 Rimsky 4 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2006 Kanpai 4 Tony McCoy John O'Shea
2007 Elusive Dream 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Hell's Bay 6 Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls
2009 Reve de Sivola 4 Daryl Jacob Nick Williams

1 The race was abandoned because of waterlogging in 1989 and 1990, and because of snow in 1991.
2 It took place at Uttoxeter in February 2000.


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