Swinton Handicap Hurdle
The Swinton Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Haydock Park over a distance of 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.
The event was established in 1978, and it was initially sponsored by Royal Doulton. The winner of the inaugural race collected just over £20,000, making it the fourth most lucrative prize behind the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle. Subsequent sponsors have included Swinton Insurance (1985–93), Crowther and Merewood Homes (1994–2003) and Betfred (2006–07). The present sponsors, Totesport, began supporting the race in 2008. The Swinton Handicap Hurdle takes place at a meeting which features both jump and flat racing.
- Weights given in stones and pounds.
|1978||Royal Gaye||5||10-00||Colin Tinkler||Fred Rimell|
|1979||Beacon Light||8||11-01||Andrew Turnell||Bob Turnell|
|1980||No Bombs||5||10-09||Jonjo O'Neill||Peter Easterby|
|1981||Gaye Chance||6||10-10||Sam Morshead||Fred Rimell|
|1982||Secret Ballot||8||10-03||Andrew Turnell||Bob Turnell|
|no race 1983 |
|1984||Bajan Sunshine||5||10-13||Peter Scudamore||Martin Tate|
|1985||Corporal Clinger||6||10-03||Paul Leach||Martin Pipe|
|1986||Prideaux Boy||8||11-02||Michael Bowlby||Graham Roach|
|1987||Inlander||6||10-08||Steve Smith Eccles||Reg Akehurst|
|1988||Past Glories||5||11-09||Paddy Farrell||Bill Elsey|
|1989||State Jester||6||10-00||John Quinn||Bill Elsey|
|1990||Sybillin||4||10-01||Derek Byrne||Jimmy FitzGerald|
|1991||Winnie the Witch||7||10-02||David Bridgwater||Ken Bridgwater|
|1992||Bitofabanter||5||11-01||Tom Taaffe||Arthur Moore|
|1993||Spinning||6||11-00||Jimmy Frost||Ian Balding|
|1994||Dreams End||6||11-04||Michael Hourigan, Jr.||Philip Hobbs|
|1995||Chief Minister||6||11-06||Peter Hobbs||Thomas Dyer|
|1996||Tragic Hero||4||10-09||David Bridgwater||Martin Pipe|
|1997||Dreams End||9||11-11||Leighton Aspell||Peter Bowen|
|1998||Rainbow Frontier||4||10-00||Charlie Swan||Martin Pipe|
|1999||She's Our Mare||6||10-00||David Casey||Tony Martin|
|2000||Mirjan||4||10-06||Tony Dobbin||Len Lungo|
|2001||Milligan||6||11-04||Norman Williamson||Venetia Williams|
|2002||Intersky Falcon||5||11-10||Liam Cooper||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2003||Altay||6||09-11||Padge Whelan||Richard Fahey|
|2004||Macs Joy||5||10-00||Timmy Murphy||Jessica Harrington|
|2005||Coat of Honour||5||10-00||Graham Lee||Howard Johnson|
|2006||Acambo||5||10-04||Andrew Glassonbury||Martin Pipe|
|2007||Leslingtaylor||5||09-11||Dougie Costello||John Quinn|
|2008||Blue Bajan||6||10-08||Graham Lee||Andrew Turnell|
|2009||Joe Jo Star||7||11-00||Brian Hughes||Richard Fahey|
1 The 1983 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.
- pedigreequery.com – Swinton Handicap Hurdle – Haydock.
- racenewsonline.co.uk – Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2007).