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Sefton Novices Hurdle Odds

The Sefton Novices Hurdle will be one of the highlights on day two of the Grand National meeting and the betting will be available on this page as soon as the bookmakers price up the likely runners.

Day 2 - Friday 4th April 2020 - 4.40pm - Sefton Novices Hurdle - Grade 1 - 3m

The Sefton betting will be here when available...

Sefton Novices Hurdle Tips

The Sefton Novices Hurdle is a firm fixture on Ladies Day at the Grand National Festival and it is one of the highlights of the meeting, novice hurdles will compete over 3 miles as they look to win one of the biggest races of the season. It is common place to see horses from the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival head to Aintree for the Sefton Hurdle.

Our Sefton selection will be live on the day of the race.

What is the Sefton Novices Hurdle?

The Sefton Novices Hurdle is yet another fantastic Grade 1 race for fans to enjoy during the Grand National Festival at Aintree.

Run over 3m and for horses aged four and over, the Sefton is one last opportunity for horses and connections in the UK to give their young stayers a chance at big race glory.

The flatter nature of Aintree compared to Cheltenham can mean we see the slightly speedier horses come to the fore but stamina is still key with future Stayers Hurdle and even Gold Cup horses potentially featuring in this one.

The history of the Sefton Novices Hurdle

First run in 1988, the Sefton was given its current name in 1993 and promoted to Grade 1 staus in 1995 where it has remained ever since.

The Sefton is a fantastic race in its own right but is also a pointer towards the future stars of the sport with many of the runners young horses who still have bundles of improvement to come. Thistlecrack is the stand out name in the recent list with the Colin Tizzard trained horse going on to win the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham and the King George over fences during his career following his success int his one back in 2015.

At Fishers cross is the last horse to have won both the Albert Bartlett and the Sefton in the same season with the Rebecca Curtis trained star doing the double in 2013.

What happened in the 2019 Sefton Novices Hurdle?

We had an excellent renewal of the Sefton last season and a clear winner in the form of Champ.

The Nicky Henderson trained horse started the race as the clear favourite at 9/4 and justified that price in some style with a three length win to his name. The JP McManus horse had long been touted as a future star and he proved it here with a strong travelling performance and with a career over fences now looking likely, Champ could turn out to be one of the better Sefton winners in recent memory.

Recent winners of the Sefton Novices Hurdle

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Year

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Age

SP

2019

Champ

M Walsh

N Henderson

7

9/4F

2018

Santini

N de Boinville

N Henderson

6

6/4F

2017

The Worlds End

A Heskin

T George

6

3/1

2016

Ballyoptic

R Hatch

N Twiston-Davies

6

9/1

2015

Thistlecrack

T Scudamore

C Tizzard

7

25/1

2014

Beat That

B Geraghty

N Henderson

6

6/1

2013

At Fishers Cross

A P McCoy

R Curtis

6

11/8F

2012

Lovcen

R Thornton

A King

7

8/1

2011

Saint Are

R Johnson

T Vaughan

5

33/1

2010

Wayward Prince

D Costello

I Williams

6

9/1

2009

Ogee

J McCarthy

R Robeson

6

25/1

Who is the most iconic winner of the Sefton Novices Hurdle?

There have been some legendary winners of the Sefton down the years with the brilliant Barton Bank perhaps the best of them in the early years with the David Nicholson trained horse claiming the win in good style in 1992.

More recently it is Thistlecrack who is the stand out name on the honours list with the future Stayers Hurdle and King George winner first coming to the attention of the sport with his emphatic Sefton win back in 2015. It was an amazing performance from an un-fancied horse at the time and marked Thistlecrack as a horse with immense potential for Colin Tizzard.

Are there any trials races for the Sefton Novices Hurdle?

It is important to take a closer look at the form before having a bet and that certainly applies to the Sefton Novices Hurdle which does come at the end of a long season full of ups and downs.

The obvious form race to look at before this one is the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with a number of those runners likely to take their chance in the Sefton as well each season.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Sefton Novices Hurdle?

AP McCoy and Barry Geraghty were long time rivals and it is those two at the top of the Sefton record books with three wins each in the race. McCoy tasted Sefton victories on Unsinkable Boxer (1998), Black Jack Ketchum (2006) and At Fishers Cross (2013), while Geraghty won on Sackville (2000), Iris's Gift (2003) and Beat That (2014).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Sefton Novices Hurdle?

There is no surprise to see Nicky Henderson as the record holder for the most wins in the Sefton with an excellent four wins to his name in the race at the time of writing. The seven Barrows handler has won the race with Rustle (1988), Beat That (2014), Santini (2018) and Champ (2019).

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