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The Ryanair Hurdle is one of the highlights of the season over jumps with the staying hurdlers getting their chance to shine in the sunshine of the Grand National meeting at Aintree each April
Day 3 - Saturday 5th April 2020 - 3.40pm - Ryanair Liverpool Hurdle - Grade 1 - 3m
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Ryanair Hurdle Tip
The Liverpool Hurdle attracts some of the very best long distance hurdlers around to the race and it offers them a further chance for Group 1 success following the Cheltenham Festival a few weeks earlier.
We will have a tip for the Ryanair Hurdle right here closer to the race.
What is the Ryanair Hurdle?
A Grade 1 race run over a trip of just above 3m at Aintree, the Ryanair Hurdle is one of the premier contests of the entire Grand National Meeting.
First run in 1974, the Liverpool Hurdle is no established as the second part of the spring double with Thistlecrack the last horse to win both the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Liverpool version in the same season back in 2016.
We always see a top class field of runners assemble for this race and that will be no different in 2020 as we get ready to crown yet another star on Merseyside.
The history of the Ryanair Hurdle
The Ryanair Hurdle is perhaps better known in racing circles as the Liverpool Hurdle and it has become an increasingly important race over the past 30 years or so.
First run in 1974 at Ascot, the race moved to Aintree in 2004 and was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2010 and since then it has become a key part of the legendary Grand National meeting each spring. The stayers hurdle division has received a bump in popularity since the turn of the century with horses like Monet's Garden, Mighty Man, Big Buck's and Thistlecrack starring in Liverpool and claiming famous victories.
What happened in the 2018 Ryanair Hurdle?
The 2018 race was another cracker as some of the best horses in the division clashed in Liverpool and we were treated to a fantastic three-way race. Apple's Jade started as the red hot favourite despite her Cheltenham flop and she was once again unable to get her head in front despite an improved display to finish third.
In the end it was If The Cap Fits who finally realised his promise for Harry Fry with a battling victory ahead of Cheltenham winner Roksana who put up a massive fight for Dan Skelton. It was stunning battle after the last hurdle and a race that will be remembered for a long time to come.
Recent winners of the Ryanair Hurdle
One name stands out amongst many on the roll of honour and that is of course Big Buck's who dominated this division during his long and distinguished career. The Paul Nicholls trained star won this race at Aintree four years on the bounce from 2009 to mark himself out as one of the greats and it is difficult to see that run being broken any time soon.
Thistlecrack has perhaps been the best winner since Big Buck's with his victory back in 2016 still fresh in the mind and it will be fascinating to see what names are added to the list in the future.
If The Cap Fits
H de Bromhead
N de Boinville
Who is the most iconic winner of the Ryanair Hurdle?
There is an easy answer to this question and that is of course Big Buck's.
The Paul Nicholls trained legend made this division his peak and that was certainly the case in the Liverpool Hurdle as he won in four successive years between 2009 and 2012. The Ditcheat in-mate would often hit a flat spot during his races and would often look in trouble but he always managed to find a way to win the races thanks to a mixture of talent and a will to win that has rarely been matched.
Big Buck's turned this division into a serious one and his success in this race will live long in the memory.
Are there any trials for the Ryanair Hurdle?
The Ryanair Hurdle is always an exciting race with the best horses in training from the UK and Ireland taking their chance in one of the most important staying hurdle contests on the calendar.
There is a clearly laid out path towards this race throughout the winter with races like the Long Walk Hurdle, the Cleeve Hurdle and of course the Stayers' at Cheltenham likely to give punters a clear idea for the Aintree contest.
Who is the most successful jockey in the Liverpool Ryanair Hurdle?
Peter Scudamore was the superstar jockey of the 1980s and he managed to win the Ryanair Hurdle a fabulous five times between 1982 and 1992 in a golden period. Scudamore tasted success on Gaye Chance (1982), Bajan Sunshine (1985), Gaye Brief (1986), Mrs Muck (1987) and Pragada (1992) with each of those wins coming at Ascot.
Who is the most successful trainer in the Liverpool Hurdle?
Martin Pipe changed the history of the sport during his training career as he dominated the trainers championship and he managed to pick up six wins in the Ryanair Hurdle along the way. Pipe claimed victory with Pragada (1992), Sweet Glow (1994), Galant Moss (1999), Maid Equal (2001) and Deano's Beeno (2003) in the famous race.