|Goshen||Guard Your Dreams||Global Citizen|
|Celtic Chief||Celtic Shot||Pat's Jester|
The Contenders Hurdle is a Listed 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 (1 mile 7 furlongs and 216 yards, or 3,319 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in late January or early February.
The race was first run in 1949 and was originally titled the Oteley Hurdle, and it was contested over a length of 2 miles (3,219 metres). Winners in the 1970s included Lanzarote and Sea Pigeon, and during the 1980s it was won by Desert Orchid and See You Then.
From the early 1990s until 2007 the race was sponsored by Agfa, and it was known as the Agfa Hurdle. In 1993 its distance was extended by 110 yards (about 100 metres) to the current length. It is now sponsored by Betfred. The 2008 running was classed at Grade 2 level, but the event was reverted to its former Listed status in 2009. Prior to 2010 it was open to horses aged five and over. The race often serves as a trial for the Champion Hurdle, and the most recent horse to win both events in the same year is Buveur d'Air in 2017 and 2018.
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
|1949||National Spirit||8||Bryan Marshall||Vic Smyth|
|1950||National Spint||9||D Dillon||Vic Smyth|
|1951||Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course|
|1952||Telegram II||5||Dave Dick||Fulke Walwyn|
|1953||Abandoned because of snow|
|1954||Fastnet Rock||7||A Freeman||C Jellis|
|1955||Abandoned because of snow|
|1956||Abandoned because of frost|
|1957||Vermillion||9||Fred Winter||Ryan Price|
|1958||Retour de Flamme||5||Jimmy Lindley||S Warren|
|1959||Fare Time||6||Fred Winter||Ryan Price|
|1960||Fare Time||7||Fred Winter||Ryan Price|
|1961||Eborneezer||6||Fred Winter||Ryan Price|
|1962||Snuff Box||5||J Gilbert||John Benstead|
|1963||Abandoned because of snow and frost|
|1964||Kirriemuir||4||David Mould||Fulke Walwyn|
|1965||Magic Court||7||P McCarron||T Robson|
|1966||Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course|
|1967||Chenonceaux||6||D Briscoe||Ken Cundell|
|1968||Into View||5||E P Harty||Fred Winter|
|1969||Abandoned because of snow|
|1970||Major Rose||8||Josh Gifford||Ryan Price|
|1971||Major Rose||9||Paul Kelleway||Ryan Price|
|1972||Phaestus||6||Ken White||Fred Rimell|
|1973||Lanzarote||5||Richard Pitman||Fred Winter|
|1974||Lanzarote||6||Richard Pitman||Fred Winter|
|1975||Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course|
|1976||Sea Pigeon||6||Jonjo O'Neill||Gordon W. Richards|
|1977||Bird's Nest||7||Andy Turnell||Bob Turnell|
|1978||Sea Pigeon||8||Jonjo O'Neill||Peter Easterby|
|1979||Abandoned because of frost|
|1980||Pollardstown||5||Philip Blacker||Stan Mellor|
|1981||Celtic Ryde||6||John Francome||Peter Cundell|
|1982||Heighlin||6||Steve Jobar||David Elsworth|
|1983||Cima||5||Sam Morshead||Jim Old|
|1984||Sula Bula||6||Mr Tim Easterby||Peter Easterby|
|1985||Desert Orchid||6||Colin Brown||David Elsworth|
|1986||See You Then||6||Steve Smith Eccles||Nicky Henderson|
|1987||Prideaux Boy||9||Michael Bowlby||Graham Roach|
|1988||Celtic Chief||5||Richard Dunwoody||Mercy Rimell|
|1989||Aldino||6||Simon Sherwood||Oliver Sherwood|
|no race 1990 |
|1991||Voyage Sans Retour||6||Peter Scudamore||Martin Pipe|
|1992||Fidway||7||Peter Scudamore||Tim Thomson Jones|
|1993||Mole Board||11||Carl Llewellyn||Jim Old|
|1994||Muse||7||Paul Holley||David Elsworth|
|1995||Land Afar||8||Graham McCourt||John Webber|
|1996||Atours||8||Richard Dunwoody||David Elsworth|
|1997||Double Symphony||9||Jamie Osborne||Charlie Brooks|
|1998||Master Beveled||8||Tony McCoy||David Evans|
|1999||Midnight Legend||8||Richard Johnson||David Nicholson|
|2000||Auetaler||6||Tony McCoy||Martin Pipe|
|2001||Teaatral||7||Norman Williamson||Charles Egerton|
|2002||Bilboa||5||Thierry Doumen||François Doumen|
|2003||Rooster Booster||9||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2004||Rhinestone Cowboy||8||Mr J. P. Magnier||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2005||Self Defense||8||Robert Thornton||Patrick Chamings|
|2006||Royal Shakespeare||7||Tom Scudamore||Steve Gollings|
|2007||Detroit City||5||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2008||Afsoun||6||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|2009||Celestial Halo||5||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2010||Binocular||6||Tony McCoy||Nicky Henderson|
|2011||Binocular||7||Tony McCoy||Nicky Henderson|
|no race 2012 |
|2013||Rock On Ruby||8||Noel Fehily||Harry Fry|
|no race 2014 |
|2015||Garde La Victoire||6||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2016||Connetable||4||Sam Twiston-Davies||Paul Nicholls|
|2017||Buveur d'Air||6||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|2018||Buveur d'Air||7||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|2019||Buveur d'Air||8||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|2020||Quel Destin||5||Harry Cobden||Paul Nicholls|
|no race 2021|
|2022||Goshen||6||Jamie Moore||Gary Moore|
1 The 1982 race was run at Kempton.
2 The 1990 running was abandoned because of waterlogging.
3 The 2012 running was abandoned due to frost.
4 The 2013 race was run at Doncaster after the original meeting at Sandown became chase only due to the waterlogged state of the hurdle course
5 The 2014 running was abandoned due to going conditions.
- "Champion Hurdle trial rerouted to Doncaster as the weather beats Sandown's Saturday hurdles card". racingbetter.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
- "Sandown switch to chase card". www.attheraces.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- Racing Post:
- Timeform Chasers & Hurdlers Statistical Companion 1992–93. Portway Press. 1993. p. 145.
- pedigreequery.com – Contenders Hurdle – Sandown.