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Sefton Novices' Hurdle History

The Sefton Novices' Hurdle is a Grade One race run at Aintree's Grand National meeting over three miles, 110 yards for horses aged four years or older.

Established in 1988, this contest has always attracted some of the emerging hurdling stars from the national hunt world with a lot of runners coming to Aintree on the back of runs at the Cheltenham Festival.

Being over a fairly long distance, it rarely sees runners who have competed in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle or Triumph Hurdle taking their chance and often sees horses that have competed in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham extravaganza line up.

Nevertheless, trainers generally target this contest as the look to get a Grade One race on their horse's CV before embarking on a career either novice chasing or stepping up to bid for a World Hurdle campaign.

Barton Bank was a classy winner of the 1992 for David Nicholson and he became a revelation over fences as he went on to become a dual Charlie Hall Chase winner and then enhanced his reputation in the 1993 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.

Jonjo O'Neill saddled Iris's Gift to victory in the 2002 renewal and he would be one contender who would stay over the smaller obstacles and was seen a year later storming to victory in the 2003 World Hurdle to show this contest can unearth future stars not only over fences, but over hurdles as well.

Recent Winners of Sefton Novices' Hurdle

  • 2000 - Sackville
  • 2001 - Garruth
  • 2002 - Stromness
  • 2003 - Iris's Gift
  • 2004 - Accipiter
  • 2005 - Asian Maze
  • 2006 - Black Jack Ketchum
  • 2007 - Chief Dan George
  • 2008 - Pettifour
  • 2009 - Ogee
  • 2010 - Wayward Pruince
  • 2011 - Saint Are
  • 2012 - Lovcen
  • 2013 - At Fishers Cross
  • 2014 - Beat That

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