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Liverpool Hurdle History

The Liverpool Hurdle is a Grade One race run at Aintree over three miles, 110 yards for horses aged four years or older.

Taking place on day one of the three-day Grand National meeting, the Liverpool Hurdle has always attracted a stellar line-up and it usually sees horses that have contested the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival a month previous, do battle again on a lot flatter track.

During the race's history it has had some classy winners of the race including Fred Winter's Lanzarote in 1975, whilst jockey Peter Scudamore had a terrific record in the contest having amassed five victories between 1982 and 1992 with Mercy Rimell's duo of Gaye Chance and Gaye Brief being particular highlights.

Iris's Gift had already secured Grade One success in the 2004 World Hurdle before he went on to bag Liverpool Hurdle glory by beating Royal Rosa by two-and-a-half lengths the following month at Aintree.

Monet's Garden was a classy winner in 2005 before embarking on a successful chasing career, but there is one name who has recently dominated the contest and it is the incomparable Big Buck's.

Paul Nicholls' stable star set the Cheltenham Festival alight by bagging his first World Hurdle success in 2009 and then went to Merseyside and duly stormed to victory beating dual winner Mighty Man by three-and-a-quarter lengths.

The Ditcheat phenomenon then returned the following season to emulate his Cheltenham Festival/Aintree double by soaring to success in both the World and Liverpool Hurdles in 2010 before making it a hat-trick 12 months later.

He had just edged out new kid on the block Grands Crus in a fantastic 2011 World Hurdle, but he duly demolished David Pipe's grey with a facile five length success in the 2011 Liverpool Hurdle to cement his place as one of the greatest staying hurdlers of all time.

Recent Winners of Liverpool Hurdle

  • 2000 - Teaatral
  • 2001 - Maid Equal
  • 2002 - Spendid
  • 2003 - Deano's Beeno
  • 2004 - Iris's Gift
  • 2005 - Monet's Garden
  • 2006 - Mighty Man
  • 2007 - Mighty Man
  • 2008 - Blazing Bailey
  • 2009 - Big Buck's
  • 2010 - Big Buck's
  • 2011 - Big Buck's
  • 2012 - Big Buck's
  • 2013 - Solwhit
  • 2014 - Whisper

 

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