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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.[1] 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
1983 no race 1983 [1]
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.


  1. toteswinger Swinton Hurdle, haydock-park.co.uk, accessed 4 December 2009.

  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 72. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 

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