Grade 1 Jump Races

The Grade 1 Jump (or National Hunt) races are the finest display of skill and daring in this dangerous discpline of equine sports. They are championship races with international entries and are what we know as 'Weight-for-Age' races; meaning the weight the horse must carry is determined by age and sex only, no penalties for previous wins apply. Grade 1 Jump meetings attract enormous crowds who flock to the track to get a glimpse at the jump racing elite and perhaps a little piece of the very lucrative action. As the highest ranking section of the jump racing season, the Grade 1 meetings usually offer the biggest prizes along with the best contenders.

The Grade 1 Jump Races in the United Kingdom are:

Race

Location

Distance

Age Group

November

Betfair Chase

Haydock

3m

5yo+

Fighting Fifth Hurdle

Newcastle

2m

4yo+

December

Tingle Creek Chase

Sandown

2m

4yo+

Long Walk Hurdle

Ascot

3m 1f

4yo+

Christmas Hurdle

Kempton

2m

4yo+

King George VI Chase

Kempton

3m

4yo+

Feltham Novices' Chase

Kempton

3m

4yo+

Finale Juvenile Hurdle

Chepstow

2m ½f

3yo

December / January

Challow Novices' Hurdle

Newbury

2m 5f

4yo+

January

Tolworth Hurdle

Sandown

2m ½f

4yo+

Victor Chandler Chase

Ascot

2m 1f

5yo+

January / February

Scilly Isles Novices' Chase

Sandown

2m 4½f

5yo+

February

Ascot Chase

Ascot

2m 5½f

5yo+

March

Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m ½f

4yo+

Arkle Challenge Trophy (Chase)

Cheltenham

2m

5yo+

Champion Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m ½f

4yo+

Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m 5f

4yo+

RSA Chase

Cheltenham

3m ½f

5yo+

Queen Mother Champion Chase

Cheltenham

2m

5yo+

Champion Bumper (Flat)

Cheltenham

2m ½f

4-6yo

Ryanair Chase

Cheltenham

2m 5f

5yo+

World Hurdle

Cheltenham

3m

4yo+

Triumph Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m 1f

4yo+

Spa Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

3m

4yo+

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Cheltenham

3m ½f

5yo+

April

Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle

Aintree

2m ½f

4yo

Sefton Novices' Hurdle

Aintree

3m ½f

4yo+

Melling Chase

Aintree

2m 4f

5yo+

Maghull Novices' Chase

Aintree

2m

5yo+

Aintree Hurdle

Aintree

2m 4f

4yo+


Distance: miles (m), furlongs (f), yards (y)

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