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Top Novices' Hurdle

The Top 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 over a distance of about 2 miles and 110 yards (3,319 metres), and during its running there are nine 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 field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, and the last to achieve victory in both events was Browne's Gazette in 1984.

Winners since 1977

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".






1977 Irish Rambler 6 Joe Crowley Joe Crowley
1978 Prousto 5 Jonjo O'Neill Alan Jarvis
1979 Rimondo 4 Jonjo O'Neill Ted Carter
1980 Jugador 5 Ron Davies Derek Kent
1981 Burns 5 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1982 Bright Oasis 6 Allen Webb Kim Bailey
1983 Very Promising 5 Sam Morshead Mercy Rimell
1984 Browne's Gazette 6 Mr Dermot Browne Michael Dickinson
1985 Sailor's Dance 5 Jimmy Duggan Fred Winter
1986 I Bin Zaidoon 5 Graham McCourt Jenny Pitman
1987 Convinced 5 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1988 Faraway Lad 5 Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood
1989 Young Benz 5 Lorcan Wyer Peter Easterby
1990 Fidway 5 Steve Smith Eccles Tim Thomson Jones
1991 Granville Again 5 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1992 Carobee 5 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1993 Roll a Dollar 7 Paul Holley David Elsworth
1994 Jazilah 6 Graham McCourt Reg Akehurst
1995 Sweet Mignonette 7 Peter Niven Mary Reveley
1996 Tragic Hero 4 Jonothan Lower Martin Pipe
1997 Midnight Legend 6 Richard Johnson David Nicholson
1998 Fataliste 4 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1999 Joe Mac 5 Conor O'Dwyer Christy Roche
2000 Phardante Flyer 6 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2001 Ilico II 5 Adrian Maguire Philip Hobbs
2002 In Contrast 6 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2003 Limerick Boy 5 Tony Dobbin Venetia Williams
2004 Royal Shakespeare 5 Robert Thornton Steve Gollings
2005 Mighty Man 5 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2006 Straw Bear 5 Tony McCoy Nick Gifford
2007 Blythe Knight 7 Tony McCoy John Quinn
2008 Pierrot Lunaire 4 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 El Dancer 5 Dominic Elsworth Lucy Wadham
2010 General Miller 5 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson

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