hurdle race

hurdling

[hur-dl]

Track-and-field event, a footrace over a series of obstacles called hurdles. Runners must remain in assigned lanes throughout a race, and, though they may knock hurdles down while running over them, they may do so only with a leg or foot, not a hand. Modern hurdlers use a sprinting style between hurdles, display an exaggerated forward lean while clearing the hurdle, and then bring the trailing leg through at nearly a right angle to the body, which enables them to continue forward without breaking stride after clearing the hurdle. Hurdling distances are 110 m and 400 m for men and 100 m and 400 m for women.

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The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in the United Kingdom for four-year-old and above novices. It is run over a distance of 2 miles 110 yards (3,319 m) on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival in March. There are eight hurdles to be jumped in the race.

As the opening race on the first day of the Festival, the start of the race is traditionally greeted by the "Cheltenham Roar" which signifies the beginning of the festivities.

Until 1974 the race was known as the Gloucestershire Hurdle. Prior to 1972 it was split into separate divisions, usually two, but in both 1946 and 1963 there were three races.

Winners

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
  • Separate divisions of the race indicated by (1), (2) and (3).

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
1946 (1) Prince Rupert 5 Ron Smyth Ted Smyth
1946 (2) Freetown 6 George Archibald W. Larkin
1946 (3) Gremlin 5 Phil Canty George Todd
1947 no race 1947
1948 (1) Vulgan 5 Rickie Black John de Moraville
1948 (2) Jean's Last 6 Bryan Marshall Fulke Walwyn
1949 (1) French Wedding 4 Jimmy Brogan Gerry Wilson
1949 (2) Tough Guy 4 Denis Dillon Ivor Anthony
1950 (1) Tsaoko 5 Martin Molony Sam Armstrong
1950 (2) Sir Charles 4 Mr Michael Scudamore Geoffrey Scudamore
1951 (1) Red Stranger 4 Denis Dillon Ron Smyth
1951 (2) Oukileles II 4 Fred Winter George Archibald
1952 (1) Cockatoo 6 Mr Phonsie O'Brien Vincent O'Brien
1952 (2) Evian 4 Fred Winter George Archibald
1953 (1) Assynt 5 Eddie Newman Danny Morgan
1953 (2) Dessin 7 Johnny Gilbert Frank Hudson
1954 (1) Stroller 6 Pat Taaffe Vincent O'Brien
1954 (2) Tasmin 4 René Emery Henry Count
1955 (1) Vindore 6 Mr Phonsie O'Brien Vincent O'Brien
1955 (2) Illyric 6 Tommy Burns Vincent O'Brien
1956 (1) Boys Hurrah 8 Tommy Burns Vincent O'Brien
1956 (2) Pelargos 5 Tommy Burns Vincent O'Brien
1957 (1) Tokoroa 6 Dave Dick Fred Rimell
1957 (2) Saffron Tartan 6 Tommy Burns Vincent O'Brien
1958 (1) Admiral Stuart 7 Tommy Burns Vincent O'Brien
1958 (2) Prudent King 6 Tommy Burns Vincent O'Brien
1959 (1) York Fair 5 Tommy Burns Vincent O'Brien
1959 (2) Albergo 5 Doug Page Clem Magnier
1960 (1) Blue Mountain 6 Dick Broadway George Todd
1960 (2) Bastille 5 Bill Woods Tom Masson
1961 (1) Beau Normand 5 Bill Rees Bob Turnell
1961 (2) Greektown 5 Michael Scudamore Willie Stephenson
1962 (1) Tripacer 4 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1962 (2) Clerical Grey 4 Willie Robinson P. Murphy
1963 (1) Honour Bound 5 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1963 (2) Buona Notte 6 Johnnie Haine Bob Turnell
1963 (3) Deetease 5 Clive Chapman Basil Foster
1964 (1) Flyingbolt 5 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1964 (2) Elan 5 Dave Dick John Sutcliffe
1965 (1) Red Tears 5 Stan Mellor Harry Thomson Jones
1965 (2) Havago 6 Bobby Beasley Paddy Sleator
1966 (1) Beau Caprice 12 Tommy Jennings Fulke Walwyn
1966 (2) Fosco 5 David Moore Mick Goswell
1967 (1) Chorus 6 Johnnie Haine Harry Thomson Jones
1967 (2) Early to Rise 7 Jeff King Bob Turnell
1968 (1) King Cutler 5 Brian Fletcher Denys Smith
1968 (2) L'Escargot 5 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1969 (1) Normandy 4 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1969 (2) Private Room 5 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1970 (1) Ballywilliam Boy 5 Bobby Coonan Paddy Sleator
1970 (2) Bula 5 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter
1971 (1) Persian Majesty 4 Terry Biddlecombe Ryan Price
1971 (2) Barnard 7 Johnnie Haine Fulke Walwyn
1972 Noble Life 5 Stan Murphy Christy Grassick
1973 King Pele 4 David Nicholson Gavin Pritchard-Gordon
1974 Avec Moi 5 Roger Rowell Auriol Sinclair
1975 Bannow Rambler 6 Frank Berry Padge Berry
1976 Beacon Light 5 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1977 Mac's Chariot 6 Dessie Hughes Mick O'Toole
1978 Golden Cygnet 6 Mr Niall Madden Edward O'Grady
1979 Stranfield 6 Tommy Kinane Des McDonogh
1980 Slaney Idol 5 Tommy Carmody Liam Browne
1981 Hartstown 6 Niall Madden Mick O'Toole
1982 Miller Hill 6 Tom Morgan Dessie Hughes
1983 Buck House 5 Tommy Carmody Mouse Morris
1984 Browne's Gazette 6 Mr Dermot Browne Michael Dickinson
1985 Harry Hastings 6 Chris Grant John Wilson
1986 River Ceiriog 5 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1987 Tartan Tailor 6 Phil Tuck Gordon W. Richards
1988 Vagador 5 Mark Perrett Guy Harwood
1989 Sondrio 8 Jonothan Lower Martin Pipe
1990 Forest Sun 5 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding
1991 Destriero 5 Pat McWilliams Andy Geraghty
1992 Flown 5 Jamie Osborne Nicky Henderson
1993 Montelado 6 Charlie Swan Pat Flynn
1994 Arctic Kinsman 6 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
1995 Tourist Attraction 7 Mark Dwyer Willie Mullins
1996 Indefence 5 Warren Marston Jenny Pitman
1997 Shadow Leader 6 Jamie Osborne Charles Egerton
1998 French Ballerina 5 Graham Bradley Pat Flynn
1999 Hors La Loi III 4 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2000 Sausalito Bay 6 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2001 no race 2001 *
2002 Like-a-Butterfly 8 Charlie Swan Christy Roche
2003 Back in Front 6 Norman Williamson Edward O'Grady
2004 Brave Inca 6 Barry Cash Colm Murphy
2005 Arcalis 5 Graham Lee Howard Johnson
2006 Noland 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2007 Ebaziyan 6 Davy Condon Willie Mullins
2008 Captain Cee Bee 7 Robert Thornton Eddie Harty
* The 2001 race was cancelled because of the 2001 United Kingdom foot-and-mouth crisis.

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