Liverpool Hurdle

The Liverpool Hurdle is the opening act of the annual Grand National meeting. This Grade 2 hurdle race is run over a distance of 3 miles 110 yards over Aintree Racecourse, with entry open to 4-year-old or above racehorses. 13 hurdles are jumped during the course of the race.

The Liverpool Hurdle was added to the Aintree Festival card in 2004. The race was originally named the Long Distance Hurdle and was run at Ascot Racecourse. The Liverpool Hurdle is one of the most important stayers’ hurdles events in the United Kingdom, and is regarded as a sequel to the Cheltenham Festival’s World Hurdle.

Liverpool Hurdle Betting Tips & Trends

Age: The last five winners of the Liverpool Hurdle have all been 6 or 7-year-olds.

Odds: The winner of the Liverpool Hurdle tends to be short priced, with no winner over the last five years priced over 11/2. The favourite has won this race just once in the last five years.

Jockey: Richard Johnson has taken two wins in the Liverpool Hurdle, both on Mighty Man.

Trainer: Alan King has trained two different Liverpool Hurdle winners over the past decade, while Henry Daly scored two wins with Mighty Man.

Liverpool Hurdle Tip: There are a two good betting strategies for this race. A lay bet on the favourite isn’t a bad option giving the poor record of the race favourite, while a place bet on the 2nd or 3rd favourite is a smart bet given recent race trends.

Liverpool Hurdle Winners

The Liverpool Hurdle has produced two notable winners during its short history. Mighty Man became the first horse to claim consecutive race victories in 2007, while Big Buck’s became the first racehorse to claim the World Hurdle/Liverpool Hurdle double in 2009.