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 4yo+
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)