The Elite Hurdle is a Grade 2 race over two miles for four-year-olds and upwards at Wincanton in early November.
The Elite Hurdle is one of the first serious Champion Hurdle trials of the season. Notable past winners include Morley Street (1992), Azertyuiop (2001), Well Chief (2003) and Zarkandar (2012).
Sceau Royal won the race in 2016, 2020 and 2021 and finished runner-up when attempting a fourth victory in 2022.
Find out more about the Elite Hurdle:
- 1 Race Overview
- 2 Elite Hurdle 2023 Odds
- 3 Elite Hurdle 2023 Tips
- 4 Elite Hurdle Previous Winners
- 5 Elite Hurdle Previous Result
- 6 Famous Elite Hurdle Winners
- 7 Key Elite Hurdle Trials
- 8 Elite Hurdle Betting Trends
- 9 Elite Hurdle – Top Trainers and Jockeys
- 10 Betting on the Elite Hurdle
- 11 Popular Questions
- 12 Summary of the Elite Hurdle
- 13 Related November Articles
- 14 Resources
Horses must be four years old or older to compete in the Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race known as the Elite Hurdle in Great Britain.
There are eight hurdles to clear during the race, which is run at Wincanton over a distance of around one mile and 712 furlongs (1 mile 7 furlongs and 65 yards, or 3,077 metres).
Every year, the race is planned for the first few days of November.
Elite Hurdle 2023 Odds
The Elite Hurdle odds are listed below:
Elite Hurdle 2023 Tips
The Elite Hurdle tips are below:
- 2 points to win for TBC at odds of TBC
- 1 point each way for TBC at odds of TBC
Many Elite Hurdle horses will race in more races throughout the years. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.
Elite Hurdle Previous Winners
|1992||Morley Street||8||11-08||Richard Dunwoody||Toby Balding|
|1993||no race 1993|
|1994||Valfinet||7||11-02||Richard Dunwoody||Martin Pipe|
|1995||Atours||7||11-02||Paul Holley||David Elsworth|
|1996||Dreams End||8||10–12||Rodney Farrant||Peter Bowen|
|1997||Pridwell||7||11-06||Tony McCoy||Martin Pipe|
|1998||Grey Shot||6||10-03||Jamie Osborne||Ian Balding|
|1999||Wahiba Sands||6||11-07||Tony McCoy||Martin Pipe|
|2000||Mister Morose||10||11-10||Carl Llewellyn||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2001||Azertyuiop||4||11-10||Timmy Murphy||Paul Nicholls|
|2002||Santenay||4||11-07||Timmy Murphy||Paul Nicholls|
|2003||Well Chief||4||10-05||Jamie Moore||Martin Pipe|
|2004||Perouse||6||10-05||Christian Williams||Paul Nicholls|
|2005||Royal Shakespeare||6||11-01||Graham Lee||Steve Gollings|
|2006||Crow Wood||7||10-01||Dougie Costello||John Quinn|
|2007||Kings Quay||5||11-09||Dougie Costello||John Quinn|
|2008||Chomba Womba||7||10-06||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|2009||Celestial Halo||5||11-10||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2010||Nearby||6||10-05||Chris Davies||Philip Hobbs|
|2011||Celestial Halo||7||11-10||Daryl Jacob||Paul Nicholls|
|2012||Zarkandar||5||11-10||Daryl Jacob||Paul Nicholls|
|2013||Melodic Rendezvous||7||11-10||Nick Scholfield||Jeremy Scott|
|2014||Purple Bay||5||10–11||Mikey Ennis||John Ferguson|
|2015||Irving||7||11–10||Nick Scholfield||Paul Nicholls|
|2016||Sceau Royal||4||11-10||Daryl Jacob||Alan King|
|2017||London Prize||6||10-09||Tom O'Brien||Ian Williams|
|2018||Verdana Blue||6||10-11||Jeremiah McGrath||Nicky Henderson|
|2019||Fusil Raffles||4||11-03||Daryl Jacob||Nicky Henderson|
|2020||Sceau Royal||8||11-00||Daryl Jacob||Alan King|
|2021||Sceau Royal||9||11-06||Daryl Jacob||Alan King|
|2022||Knappers Hill||6||11–02||Harry Cobden||Paul Nicholls|
Elite Hurdle Previous Result
Made all! 🏇
Improving hurdler Knappers Hill makes all the running in the @unibet Elite Hurdle under @CobdenHarry to complete a big-race @wincantonraces double for @PFNicholls. pic.twitter.com/JIPsL58Zh8
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 5, 2022
Famous Elite Hurdle Winners
The Elite Hurdle was originally held at Cheltenham in 1992 with victory going to reigning Champion Hurdler Morley Street. The race was transferred to Wincanton in 1994 and run as a limited handicap between 1998 and 2017 before reverting to a conditions race in 2018.
Although billed as a Champion Hurdle Trial, the race has been won by several subsequent top class chasers including Azertyuiop (2001) and Well Chief (2003). Azertyuiop won the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham in 2003 and the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following year. Well Chief won the Arkle Chase in 2004 and the valuable Celebration Chase at Sandown in 2005.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Celestial Halo became the first horse to win the race twice in 2009 and 2011. Triumph Hurdle winner Zarkandar won for the same stable in 2012. He went on to win the International Hurdle (2012) and the Aintree Hurdle (2013).
Sceau Royal won this race for the first time in 2016, trained by Alan King and ridden by Daryl Jacob. He returned to win it for a second time in 2020 and became the first three-time winner of the Elite Hurdle in 2021. He was denied a remarkable fourth victory in 2022 when beaten by Knappers Hill.
Key Elite Hurdle Trials
This race is often the first of the season for one or more Champion Hurdle hopefuls. Half of the last twelve winners had not raced for at least 100 days.
Six recent Elite Hurdle winners ran next in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle next time but all were beaten. Chomba Womba (2008) went on to win the Ascot Hurdle and Zarkandar (2012) won the International Hurdle at Cheltenham on his next start. Other likely targets include the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park.
Elite Hurdle Betting Trends
There is no significance in age among recent Elite Hurdle winners. Horses aged from four to nine have won the event in the past ten years. Sceau Royal was the first four-year-old to win for thirteen years when successful in 2016. He also won it at the ages of eight and nine but the oldest winner in the history of the race was Mister Morose (2000) at the age of ten.
Sceau Royal (2016) was the only successful favourite between 2007 and 2018. However, three successive favourites won from 2019 to 2021. Purple Bay was the only shock result during that period, returning at 16-1 in 2014. Six winners ran in the Champion Hurdle in the same season but all were beaten.
Eleven of the last twelve winners were rated 146 or higher. The exception was London Prize (134) in 2017. The highest rated winner during that time was Zarkandar (163) in 2012.
Elite Hurdle – Top Trainers and Jockeys
Paul Nicholls is the leading trainer in the history of the race with eight winners. His winners include Azertyuiop (2001), Irving (2015), Celestial Halo (2009, 2011) and Zarkandar (2012). His most recent winner was Knappers Hill in 2022.
Jockey Daryl Jacob is the leading jockey with six victories; Celestial Halo (2011), Zarkandar (2012), Sceau Royal (2016, 2020, 2021) and Fusil Raffles (2019).
Betting on the Elite Hurdle
The Elite Hurdle usually attracts a small field but often includes at least one potential Champion Hurdle runner. Winners have a poor record in that event so the form should be treated with caution.
What are important facts about Elite Hurdle?
Here are some important facts about Elite Hurdle:
- The Elite Hurdle is run at Wincanton Racecourse, Great Britain
- The Elite Hurdle is for horses aged 4 and older
- The Elite Hurdle is a National Hunt Hurdle race in Great Britain
- The Elite Hurdle distance is 1 mile and 7½ furlongs
Summary of the Elite Hurdle
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