Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

The Mersey Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 2 hurdles race run during the annual Aintree Festival. The race covers a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs and is run by 4-year-old or above novice hurdlers. The Mersey Novices’ Hurdle is regarded as the sequel to the Cheltenham Festival’s Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle.

The Mersey Novices’ Hurdle is one of the longest serving races at the Aintree Festival, and was originally run over a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs before being cut by a furlong in 1988.The race acquired Group 2 status in 1991, and has been a stepping stone towards greatness for a number of top national hunt racehorses.

Mersey Novices’ Hurdle Betting & Trends

Age: The Mersey Novices’ Hurdle has been won by horses aged between 4 and 7 over the past 5 years, with age having little effect on the outcome of the race.

Odds: The last five winners of the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle have all been priced under 17/1. The race tends to veer from favouring the short-odds entries to producing upsets. An antepost favourite has won the race only once in the last half-decade.

Jockey: Ruby Walsh has partnered 3 winners since the turn of the Millenium.

Trainer: Paul Nicholls has trained 3 of the race winners in the past 6 years.

Mersey Novices’ Hurdle Tip: Lay the favourite at an exchange like Betfair, or consider placing a spread of each way bets on horses priced under 17/1.

Mersey Novices’ Hurdle Winners

Some top class racehorses have cut their teeth in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle, including multiple Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Best Mate. More recently Tidal Bay won the race before going on to win the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival, and the Maghull Novices’ Chase at the Aintree Festival. Only 1999 winner, Barton, has managed to win both the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle and the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle.