Winter Novices' Hurdle
The Winter 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 Sandown Park over a distance of about 2 miles and 4½ furlongs (4,124 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 in early December.
Between 1992 and 1999 the distance of the race was 2 miles and 6 furlongs, and prior to 1992 it was run over 2 miles 5 furlongs and 75 yards. The only winner to subsequently win the championship event in this division is Barton, who won the 1999 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle.
Winners since 1987
|1987||Slalom||6||John White||Michael Robinson|
|1988||Man on the Line||5||Peter Scudamore||Reg Akehurst|
|no race 1989 |
|1990||Tyrone Bridge||4||Richard Dunwoody||Martin Pipe|
|1991||Arabian Sultan||4||Peter Scudamore||Martin Pipe|
|1992||Glen Lochan||7||Jamie Osborne||Henrietta Knight|
|1993||Top Spin||4||Adrian Maguire||John Jenkins|
|1994||Roberty Lea||6||Peter Niven||Mary Reveley|
|1995||See More Business||5||Tony McCoy||Paul Nicholls|
|1996||Yahmi||6||Jamie Osborne||Jim Old|
|1997||Song of the Sword||4||Graham Bradley||Jim Old|
|1998||Barton||5||Lorcan Wyer||Tim Easterby|
|1999||What's Up Boys||5||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|no race 2000|
|2001||Rouble||5||Leighton Aspell||Josh Gifford|
|2002||Coolnagorna||5||Tony Dobbin||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2003||Inglis Drever||4||Graham Lee||Howard Johnson|
|2004||Ladalko||5||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2005||Neptune Collonges||4||Barry Geraghty||Paul Nicholls|
|2006||Labelthou||7||Barry Fenton||Emma Lavelle|
|2007||Lightning Strike||4||Tony McCoy||Venetia Williams|
|2008||Junior||5||Robert Thornton||Alan King|
|2009||Manyriverstocross||4||Wayne Hutchinson||Alan King|
1 The 1989 race was abandoned due to frost.
- pedigreequery.com – Winter Novices' Hurdle – Sandown.