Grade 2 Jump Races

Other than the Grade 1 races the Grade 2 races are conducted as Weight-for-Age races with additional penalties for previous wins, or alternatively as Limited Handicaps (which work like regular handicaps only within a much smaller weight range). Grade 2 jump meetings are a part of the jumps festivals at Aintree and Cheltenham, but there is a plethora of Grade 2 events independent from the big fanfare. Ideal meetings for those who want to get a first impression of the sport or simply don't care for massive events, the Grade 2s are well-worth checking out.

The Grade 2 Jump Races in the United Kingdom are:

Race

Location

Distance

Age Group

October

Persian War Novice's Hurdle

Chepstow

2m 4f

4yo+

Old Roan Chase

Aintree

2m 4f

4yo+

October / November

West Yorkshire Hurdle

Wetherby

3m 1f

4yo+

Charlie Hall Chase

Wetherby

3m 1f

5yo+

Haldon Gold Cup Chase

Exeter

2m 1½f

4yo+

November

Rising Stars Novices' Chase

Wincanton

2m 5f

4yo+

Elite Hurdle

Wincanton

2m

4yo+

Sharp Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m ½f

4yo+

Prestbury Juvenile Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m ½f

3yo

November Novices' Chase

Cheltenham

2m

4yo+

Hyde Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m 5f

4yo+

Amlin 1965 Chase

Ascot

2m 3f

4yo+

Ascot Hurdle

Ascot

2m 3½f

4yo+

November / December

Worcester Novices' Chase

Newbury

3m

4yo+

Berkshire Novices' Chase

Newbury

2m 4f

4yo+

Long Distance Hurdle

Newbury

3m ½f

4yo+

Peterborough Chase

Huntingdon

2m 4½f

4yo+

December

Winter Novices' Hurdle

Sandown

2m 4½f

4yo+

Henry VIII Novices' Chase

Sandown

2m

4yo+

Relkeel Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m 5½f

4yo+

Boylesports.com International Hurdle

Cheltenham

3m

4yo+

Bristol Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

3m

4yo+

December Novices' Chase

Lingfield

3m

4yo+

Summit Junior Hurdle

Lingfield

2m ½f

3yo

Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle

Ascot

2m

4yo+

Noel Novices' Chase

Ascot

2m 3f

4yo+

Championship Standard Open NHF Race (Flat)

Ascot

2m

4-6yo

Wayward Lad Novices' Chase

Kempton

2m

4yo+

Desert Orchid Chase

Kempton

2m

4yo+

January

Dipper Novices' Chase

Cheltenham

2m 5f

5yo+

Leamington Novices' Hurdle

Warwick

2m 5f

4yo+

Holloway's Hurdle

Ascot

2m 3½f

4yo+

Lightning Novices' Chase

Ascot

2m 1f

5yo+

Warfield Mares' Hurdle

Ascot

3m

4yo+

Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle

Haydock

2m ½f

4yo+

Champion Hurdle Trial

Haydock

2m ½f

4yo+

Peter Marsh Chase

Haydock

3m

5yo+

Altcar Novices' Chase

Haydock

2m 4f

5yo+

Doncaster Mares' Hurdle

Doncaster

2m ½f

4yo+

River Don Novices' Hurdle

Doncaster

3m ½f

4yo+

Cleeve Hurdle

Cheltenham

3m

5yo+

Classic Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m 4½f

4yo+

Cotswold Chase

Cheltenham

3m 1½f

5yo+

Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m 1f

4yo+

January / February

Towton Novices' Chase

Wetherby

3m 1f

5yo+

February

Kingmaker Novices' Chase

Warwick

2m

5yo+

Aon Chase

Newbury

3m

5yo+

Game Spirit Chase

Newbury

2m 1f

5yo+

Winter Bumper (Flat)

Newbury

2m ½f

4-6yo

Reynoldstown Novices' Chase

Ascot

3m

5yo+

Rendlesham Hurdle

Haydock

3m 1f

4yo+

Prestige Novices' Hurdle

Haydock

3m 1f

4yo+

Kingwell Hurdle

Wincanton

2m

4yo+

National Spirit Hurdle

Fontwell

2m 4f

4yo+

Pendil Novices' Chase

Kempton

2m 4½f

5yo+

Dovecote Novices' Hurdle

Kempton

2m

4yo+

Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle

Kempton

2m

4yo

February / March

Premier Kelso Hurdle

Kelso

2m 2f

4yo+

March

David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

Cheltenham

2m 4f

4yo+

April

Liverpool Hurdle

Aintree

3m ½f

4yo+

Totesport Bowl Chase

Aintree

3m 1f

5yo+

Manifesto Novices' Chase

Aintree

2m 4f

5yo+

Top Novices' Hurdle

Aintree

2m ½f

4yo+

Mildmay Novices' Chase

Aintree

3m 1f

5yo+

Mersey Novices' Hurdle

Aintree

2m 4f

4yo+

Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race

Aintree

2m 1f

4-6yo

Silver Trophy Chase

Cheltenham

2m 5f

5yo+

Future Champion Novices' Chase

Ayr

2m 4f

5yo+

Scottish Champion Hurdle

Ayr

2m

4yo+

Celebration Chase

Sandown

2m

5yo+


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

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