Sefton Novices' Hurdle
|Grade 1 race|
|Sefton Novices' Hurdle|
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||3m ½f (4,929 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
|Weight||10 st 10 lb (4yo);|
11 st 4 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
The Sefton Novices' 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 for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Grand National meeting in early April.
The event was established in 1988, and it was originally called the White Satin Novices' Hurdle. For a period it was classed at Grade 2 level. The race was given its present title in 1993, and it was promoted to Grade 1 status in 1995.
In recent years the Sefton Novices' Hurdle has usually featured horses which ran in the previous month's Spa Novices' Hurdle, and the last to achieve victory in both races was Black Jack Ketchum in 2006.
Leading jockey (2 wins):
- Carl Llewellyn – Barton Bank (1992), King's Road (1999)
- Tony McCoy – Unsinkable Boxer (1998), Black Jack Ketchum (2006)
- Barry Geraghty – Sackville (2000), Iris's Gift (2003)
Leading trainer (3 wins):
- David Nicholson – Barton Bank (1992), Corner Boy (1994), Forest Ivory (1997)
|1988||Rustle||6||Michael Bowlby||Nicky Henderson|
|1989||Boreen Belle||7||Charlie Swan||Bill Harney|
|1990||Dwadme||5||Jamie Osborne||Oliver Sherwood|
|1991||Derring Valley||6||Graham McCourt||Anthony Jones|
|1992||Barton Bank||6||Carl Llewellyn||David Nicholson|
|1993||Cardinal Red||6||Ben de Haan||Cath Walwyn|
|1994||Corner Boy||7||Adrian Maguire||David Nicholson|
|1995||Morgan's Harbour||9||Peter Niven||Mary Reveley|
|1996||Pleasure Shared||8||Paul Carberry||Philip Hobbs|
|1997||Forest Ivory||6||Richard Johnson||David Nicholson|
|1998||Unsinkable Boxer||9||Tony McCoy||Martin Pipe|
|1999||King's Road||6||Carl Llewellyn||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2000||Sackville||7||Barry Geraghty||Frances Crowley|
|2001||Garruth||7||Russ Garritty||Tim Easterby|
|2002||Stromness||5||Robert Thornton||Alan King|
|2003||Iris's Gift||6||Barry Geraghty||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2004||Accipiter||5||Tom Best||Toby Balding|
|2005||Asian Maze||6||Ruby Walsh||Tom Mullins|
|2006||Black Jack Ketchum||7||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2007||Chief Dan George||7||Mick Fitzgerald||James Moffatt|
|2008||Pettifour||6||Paddy Brennan||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2009||Ogee||6||Jimmy McCarthy||Renee Robeson|
|2010||Wayward Prince||6||Dougie Costello||Ian Williams|
- Recurring sporting events established in 1988 – this race is included under its original title, White Satin Novices' Hurdle.
- aintree.co.uk – 2010 John Smith's Grand National Media Guide.
- pedigreequery.com – Sefton Novices' Hurdle – Aintree.