2023 Betfair Hurdle Preview
Scheduled to take place in February of each year at the Newbury racecourse is the Betfair Hurdle, Britain's most valuable Handicap Hurdle, this Grade 3 race is steeped in history and was first run in 1963 (at Aintree) and was known as the 'Schweppes Gold Trophy' until the Tote took over sponsorship in 1986 when it became the 'Tote Gold Trophy Hurdle' and then the Totesport Trophy until current sponsors Betfair took over in 2012 to the current day.
Betfair Hurdle Content:
- BF Hurdle Past Winners
- BF Hurdle Trainer Statistics
- BF Hurdle Jockey Statistics
- 2023 BF Hurdle Trends
- BF Hurdle Trend Analysis
- Other Principal races at Newbury racecourse
To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Newbury Betting Picks on the day of the race, do they agree with the runners on the trend shortlist or are they predicting other runners?
When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 3:44.60 was set by Al Dancer in 2019, that is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies. The slowest winning time was set in 2013 when My Tent Or Yours won in a time of 4:10.70, booked to ride was A P McCoy on this Nicky Henderson trained runner.
These are the top three quickest run Betfair Hurdle over the last 20 renewals:
- 2019 - Al Dancer (3:44.60)
- 2020 - Pic DOrhy (3:48.00)
- 2004 - Geos (3:48.50)
How competitive is the Betfair Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2022 when the race had an over-round of 121%. The race in 2018 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 139%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Betfair Hurdle, the over-round has been 131%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £131 which is bet.
Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Betfair Hurdle next time out then you would have back a total of 1 winner. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -8.00. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2023 Betfair Hurdle.
Betfair Hurdle Past Winners
Here are the Betfair Hurdle past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Betfair Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.
|Glory And Fortune (IRE) |
7yo 11-8 20/1
|Stan Sheppard |
Tom Lacey (GB)
|Soaring Glory (IRE) |
6yo 10-7 17/2
|Jonjo O'Neill Jr |
Jonjo O'Neill (GB)
|Pic DOrhy (FR) |
5yo 11-5 33/1
|Harry Cobden |
Paul Nicholls (GB)
|Al Dancer (FR) |
6yo 11-8 5/2F
|Sam Twiston-Davies |
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
|Kalashnikov (IRE) |
5yo 11-5 8/1F
|Jack Quinlan |
Amy Murphy (GB)
|Ballyandy (GB) |
6yo 11-1 3/1F
|Sam Twiston-Davies |
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
|Agrapart (FR) |
5yo 10-5 16/1
|Lizzie Kelly (5lbs) |
Nick Williams (GB)
|Violet Dancer (GB) |
5yo 10-9 20/1
|Joshua Moore |
Gary Moore (GB)
|Splash Of Ginge (GB) |
6yo 10-3 33/1
|Ryan Hatch (7lbs) |
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
|My Tent Or Yours (IRE) |
6yo 11-2 5/1F
|A P McCoy |
Nicky Henderson (GB)
Where have the winning runners come from?
Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Betfair Hurdle have been based:
- GB: 18 winners with an additional 53 placings from 373 runners
- IRE: 2 winners with an additional 4 placings from 42 runners
- FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
Betfair Hurdle Trainer Statistics
There are multiple leading trainers in the Betfair Hurdle over the last 20 renewals with all of Nicky Henderson, Gary Moore & Nigel Twiston-Davies having all won the race 3 times. Nicky Henderson winners have been with Landing Light (2001), Geos (2004) & My Tent Or Yours (2013). Gary Moore winners have been with Heathcote (2007), Wingman (2008) & Violet Dancer (2015). Nigel Twiston-Davies winners have been with Splash Of Ginge (2014), Ballyandy (2017) & Al Dancer (2019). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Betfair Hurdle are Paul Nicholls (2 wins) & Jonjo O'Neill (2 wins). There are multiple trainers who have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Betfair Hurdle, Philip Hobbs (0-28), Alan King (0-20), David Pipe (0-18) & W P Mullins (0-17) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple runners to the race.
Here are some of the top Betfair Hurdle trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):
|Mrs John Harrington||1-1-1||+14.00||+8.75|
Betfair Hurdle Jockey Statistics
There are two leading jockeys in the Betfair Hurdle over the last twenty renewals with both Jamie Moore & Sam Twiston-Davies who have both won the race 2 times. Jamie Moore winners have been with Heathcote (2007) & Wingman (2008). Sam Twiston-Davies winners have been with Ballyandy (2017) & Al Dancer (2019). There are two jockeys who have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Betfair Hurdle, Tom Scudamore has had a total of 13 rides to the race without recording any wins whilst Paddy Brennan has had 11 rides without a winner.
Here are some of the top Betfair Hurdle jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Rides, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):
|Jonjo O'Neill Jr||4-1-2||+5.50||+15.31|
2023 Betfair Hurdle Trends
Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,1,PU,2,2,1,15,7,4,11,1,1,3,4,9,1,(1,12,16),1,2,12,7
The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.
- 20 / 20 (81%) - No bigger than 50/1 (Career Run)
- 20 / 20 (85%) - Made 3-10 starts (1 Year)
- 20 / 20 (86%) - Ran over 1m7f - 2m2f (Last Win)
- 20 / 20 (87%) - Furthest won 2m - 2m3½f
- 20 / 20 (88%) - Furthest ran 2m - 2m5f
- 20 / 20 (89%) - Fewer than 3 wins (Hcp)
- 19 / 20 (78%) - Best in 3 of at least 2nd
- 19 / 20 (78%) - No bigger than 6/1 (Last Win)
- 19 / 20 (78%) - No bigger than 20/1 (Career Place)
- 19 / 20 (81%) - Aged between 5yo & 7yo
- 19 / 20 (87%) - No bigger than 16/1 (LTO)
- 18 / 18 (67%) - Previously ridden by jockey
- 18 / 18 (75%) - No career falls
- 18 / 20 (79%) - Ran over 2m+ (LTO)
- 17 / 20 (65%) - Not at Asc Hay or Kem (LTO)
- 17 / 20 (79%) - Fewer than 2 starts (Class)
- 17 / 20 (82%) - Not wearing b, h or tt
Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Newbury racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Betfair Hurdle. If you are looking to place on a bet this race well in advance of the actual running, then there may be an ante-post market available for you to place your bet. If you are unfamiliar with this type of betting then head over to the OLBG Betting School and have a read of our Ante-Post Horse Racing article which explains how ante-post betting works.
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Betfair Hurdle Trend Analysis
The trend factor which has produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +31.25 is when runners had the Same jockey as last time out. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 0 career starts with the jockey, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-128.
The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 399 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 17 runners.
Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Betfair Hurdle:
- Fame And Glory (2 Wins)
- In The Wings (2 Wins)
These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Betfair Hurdle despite multiple attempts:
- Authorized (0 Wins from 8 runners)
- Galileo (0 Wins from 6 runners)
- Montjeu (0 Wins from 6 runners)
Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest priced winner was Heathcote in 2007 when winning for Gary Moore at odds of 50/1 under the guidance of Jamie Moore. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 7 winning favourites in the race. Remember to bookmark the best racing tipsters page so you can get easy access to the best OLBG racing tipsters.
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