Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle

The Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 2 miles and 1 furlong (2 miles and 209 yards, or 3,410 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.

Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle
Grade 1 race
LocationAintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Race typeHurdle race
Race information
Distance2m 209y (3,410 metres)
Weight11 st 0 lb
7 lb for fillies
Purse£110,000 (2022)
1st: £61,897
Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle
Red, yellow hoop, black sleeves, yellow armlets, yellow cap Red, white diamond, white sleeves, red diamonds Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green cap, white star
Knight Salute Pied Piper Brazil
Previous years
White, royal blue epaulets, white sleeves, red spots, royal blue cap Orange, dark blue star, orange sleeves, dark blue stars, dark blue cap Light blue, orange epaulets
Monmiral Adagio Fiveandtwenty
Mauve, black chevrons on sleeves, black cap Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Black, red sleeves, black spots
Pentland Hills Fakir D'Oudairies Christopher Wood
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap Yellow, black chevron, check cap Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
We Have A Dream Gumball Apple's Shakira
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Pink, large purple spots, hooped sleeves Orange, black and red chevrons on sleeves, red cap
Defi Du Seuil Divin Bere Bedrock
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Black, black and pink check sleeves and cap
Apple's Jade Ivanovich Gorbatov Azzuri
Red, pink hoop and armlets Black, black and maroon striped cap Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap
All Yours Devilment Bristol De Mai
Dark blue, yellow diamond and sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Royal blue, orange star, royal blue sleeves, orange stars and cap
Guitar Pete Clarcam Calipto
Red, white hoops and armlets, hooped cap Emerald green, red chevrons, quartered cap Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap
L'unique Runswick Royal Irish Saint
Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap Dark blue, white chevron, white and dark blue striped sleeves Light blue, pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, pink star
Grumeti Countrywide Flame Sadler's Risk
Pink, large purple spots, hooped sleeves Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap Red, dark blue disc, halved sleeves
Zarkandar Kumbeshwar Houblon Des Obeaux
Dark blue, yellow disc, yellow cap White, dark green hoops and armlets Red, pink epaulets
Orsippus Barizan Sanctuaire
Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap Black, red stars, emerald green sleeves and cap Navy blue, green sash, cerise cap
Walkon Ski Sunday Starluck
Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap Black and White (halved), Red sleeves and cap Red and White (quartered), Black sleeves, Red cap
Binocular Celestial Halo Harper Valley
Pink, Emerald Green cross belts, Pink and Emerald Green striped sleeves, Pink cap, Emerald Green star Grey, pink epaulets, quartered cap Black And Beige Halved, Chevrons on Sleeves, Red Cap
Katchit Punjabi Degas Art
Yellow, black chevron, check cap Red, yellow epaulets Emerald green and red diabolo, white sleeves, emerald green diamonds, white cap, red diamond
Detroit City Premier Dane Afsoun
Red, yellow epaulets Black and white (halved), red sleeves and cap Dark blue, light green triple diamond, hooped sleeves, dark blue cap
Faasel Phar Bleu Strangely Brown
Dark blue and emerald green hoops, quartered cap Dark blue and yellow stripes Black and white (halved), red sleeves and cap
Al Eile Made in Japan My Will
Black and white (halved), red sleeves and cap Royal blue, orange epaulets, royal blue sleeves, orange spots, royal blue cap, orange diamond Royal blue, emerald green sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots
Le Duc Spectroscope Well Chief
Orange, dark blue chevron, dark blue sleeves, orange armlets, orange cap, dark blue star Dark blue, yellow hoop, diamonds on sleeves, yellow cap, dark blue diamond Red, white hoop, white sleeves, pink cap
Quazar Abbot Newhall
Maroon, royal blue chevrons, maroon sleeves and cap YELLOW, Red star, Yellow sleeves and White armlet, Yellow cap and Red star Brown, light blue sleeves, brown armlets, black cap
Bilboa Azertyuiop Armen
Yellow, black chevron, check cap Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap Light green, black epaulets, green cap, black star
Lord Brex High Stakes Perugino Diamond
Light blue, dark blue diamond and diamond on cap Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap Yellow, red sleeves, blue cap, red star
Hors La Loi Afarad Golden Rule
White, red seams, red sleeves, white armlets, red cap Emerald green, yellow spots, yellow and emerald green halved sleeves, purple cap Maroon
Deep Water Rainbow Frontier Torn Silk
Blue, white cross of lorraine, red cap, white spots Pink and purple hoops White, orange stars, star on cap
Quakers Field Far Dawn Circus Star
Mauve and yellow check, yellow sleeves Emerald green and red diabolo, white sleeves, emerald green diamonds, white cap, red diamond White, red cap, white spots
Zabadi Our Kris Danjing
Yellow, black diamond, diamonds on sleeves, yellow cap, black diamond Pink, black stars Orange, black epaulets, black and orange striped sleeves, black cap, orange star
Stompin Clifton Beat Silver Wedge
Pink and black diabolo, black sleeves and cap Grey, red sleeves, striped cap Emerald green and red diabolo, white sleeves, emerald green diamonds, white cap, red diamond
Tropical Lake Kadastrof Mysilv
Emerald green, large yellow spots Royal blue, red stars, sleeves and star on cap Navy blue, scarlet sleeves, quartered cap, white cross belts
Titled Dancer Her Honour Nadjati
Mauve and purple diabolo, purple sleeves, mauve armlets and diamond on purple cap Green and white (halved), reversed sleeves, blue cap Dark blue, yellow star and sleeves, yellow star on cap
Salwan Staunch Friend Absalom's Lady
White, pink hoop Dark green, pink sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap Yellow, red epaulets, hooped sleeves, red cap
Montpelier Lad Runway Romance Native Mission
Red, pale green cap Yellow, white hoop and sleeves Black and orange diamonds, orange sleeves
Sybillin Midfielder Bally Rue
Emerald green, orange braces and cap, hooped sleeves Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Black and yellow stripes, royal blue sleeves, white cap, light blue spots
Vayrua Highland Bud Bank View
Yellow, royal blue cross of lorraine Blue, red spots, black cap, white spots Yellow, emerald green seams, check cap
Royal Illusion Combermere Old Eros

During the 1960s and early 1970s the race was called the Lancashire Hurdle, and it was subsequently known by several different sponsored titles. For a period it was classed at Grade 2 level, and it was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2005.

The Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle usually features horses which ran previously in the Triumph Hurdle, and the last to win both events was Pentland Hills in 2019.


Leading jockey since 1977 (3 wins):

  • Tony McCoyZabadi (1996), Hors La Loi III (1999), Binocular (2008)
  • Robert ThorntonKatchit (2007), Walkon (2009), Grumeti (2012)

Leading trainer since 1977 (4 wins):

  • Alan KingKatchit (2007), Walkon (2009), Grumeti (2012), L'Unique (2013)
  • Paul Nicholls - Le Duc (2003), Zarkandar (2011), All Yours (2015), Monmiral (2021)

Winners since 1976Edit

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
1976 Cooch Behar L O'Donnell C Kinane
1977 Decent Fellow Richard Linley Toby Balding
1978 Beparoejojo Dessie Hughes Jim Bolger
1979 Pollardstown Philip Blacker Stan Mellor
1980 Starfen Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1981 Broadsword Peter Scudamore David Nicholson
1982 Prince Bless Martin O'Halloran Dina Smith
1983 Benfen Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1984 Afzal Graham McCourt Reg Hollinshead
1985 Humberside Lady Mark Dwyer Geoff Huffer
1986 Dark Raven Tommy Carmody Dermot Weld
1987 Aldino Simon Sherwood Oliver Sherwood
1988 Royal Illusion Micky Hammond George M. Moore
1989 Vayrua Mark Perrett Guy Harwood
1990 Sybillin Derek Byrne Jimmy FitzGerald
1991 Montpelier Lad Neale Doughty Gordon W. Richards
1992 Salwan Robert Stronge Peter Bevan
1993 Titled Dancer John Shortt Jimmy Coogan
1994 Tropical Lake Kevin O'Brien Michael Hourigan
1995 Stompin Jamie Osborne Henrietta Knight
1996 Zabadi Tony McCoy David Nicholson
1997 Quakers Field Dean Gallagher Gary L. Moore
1998 Deep Water Russ Garritty Micky Hammond
1999 Hors La Loi III Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2000 Lord Brex Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2001 Bilboa Thierry Doumen François Doumen
2002 Quazar Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2003 Le Duc Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Al Eile Timmy Murphy John Queally
2005 Faasel Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
2006 Detroit City Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2007 Katchit Robert Thornton Alan King
2008 Binocular Tony McCoy Nicky Henderson
2009 Walkon Robert Thornton Alan King
2010 Orsippus Davy Condon Michael Smith
2011 Zarkandar Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2012 Grumeti Robert Thornton Alan King
2013 L'Unique Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2014 Guitar Pete Paul Carberry Dessie Hughes
2015 All Yours Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2016 Apple's Jade Bryan Cooper Willie Mullins
2017 Defi du Seuil Barry Geraghty Philip Hobbs
2018 We Have A Dream Daryl Jacob Nicky Henderson
2019 Pentland Hills Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
no race 2020 [a]
2021 Monmiral Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls
2022 Knight Salute[b] Paddy Brennan Milton Harris
  1. ^ The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom[1]
  2. ^ Pied Piper dead-heated for first place in 2022 but was placed second after a stewards' enquiry

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1960 – Clasping / Scarab [a]
  • 1961 – Anzio
  • 1962 – Imperator
  • 1963 – Running Rock
  • 1964 – Crown Prince
  • 1965 – Eurotas
  • 1966 – (Div 1)The Spaniard
  • 1966 – (Div 2)Chancer
  • 1967 – Chaou II
  • 1968 – Golden Duck
  • 1969 – Clever Scot
  • 1970 – Tudor Dance
  • 1971 – True Luck
  • 1972 – Be My Guest
  • 1973 – Reclaim
  • 1974 – Perama
  • 1975 – Wovoka
  1. ^ The 1960 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspended until end of April". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020.