Betfair Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

Updated: 9030 Horse Racing

We look at the Betfair Hurdle ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m½f at Newbury to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Betfair Hurdle.

Betfair Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 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 Premier Handicap 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 Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Newbury tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Newbury Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Betfair Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2023 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.

Betfair Hurdle Trends:

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 backed 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. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Betfair Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2013 renewal when My Tent Or Yours from Nicky Henderson under the guidance of A P McCoy, won in a time of 4:10.70, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Aucunrisque, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Nick Scholfield set the quickest time of 3:41.40 in the 2023 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Betfair Hurdle over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Aucunrisque (3:41.40) in 2023
  2. Al Dancer (3:44.60) in 2019
  3. Pic DOrhy (3:48.00) in 2020

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.

YearHorseInfo
2024
3:57.70
Iberico Lord (FR)
6yo 11-8 11/2
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2023
3:41.40
Aucunrisque (FR)
7yo 11-4 9/1
Nick Scholfield
Chris Gordon (GB)
2022
3:49.40
Glory And Fortune (IRE)
7yo 11-8 20/1
Stan Sheppard
Tom Lacey (GB)
2021
3:50.48
Soaring Glory (IRE)
6yo 10-7 17/2
Jonjo O'Neill Jr
Jonjo O'Neill (GB)
2020
3:48.00
Pic DOrhy (FR)
5yo 11-5 33/1
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2019
3:44.60
Al Dancer (FR)
6yo 11-8 5/2F
Sam Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2018
4:08.90
Kalashnikov (IRE)
5yo 11-5 8/1F
Jack Quinlan
Amy Murphy (GB)
2017
3:57.00
Ballyandy (GB)
6yo 11-1 3/1F
Sam Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2016
4:08.70
Agrapart (FR)
5yo 10-5 16/1
Lizzie Kelly (5lbs)
Nick Williams (GB)
2015
3:56.10
Violet Dancer (GB)
5yo 10-9 20/1
Joshua Moore
Gary Moore (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 52 placings from 373 runners
  • IRE: 2 winners with an additional 5 placings from 43 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 Nicky Henderson, Gary Moore and Nigel Twiston-Davies having all won the race three times. Nicky Henderson's winners have been with Geos (2004), My Tent Or Yours (2013) and Iberico Lord (2024). Gary Moore winners have been with Heathcote (2007), Wingman (2008) and Violet Dancer (2015). Nigel Twiston-Davies winners have been with Splash Of Ginge (2014), Ballyandy (2017) and Al Dancer (2019). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Betfair Hurdle are Paul Nicholls (2 wins) and Jonjo O'Neill (2 wins). Multiple trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Betfair Hurdle, Philip Hobbs (0-24), Alan King (0-22), W P Mullins (0-20) and David Pipe (0-19) 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):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Nicky Henderson48-3-8-18.50-13.74
Gary Moore23-3-8+64.00+45.38
Nigel Twiston-Davies17-3-6+24.50+18.20
Paul Nicholls29-2-6+8.75+1.66
Jonjo O'Neill16-2-3+0.50-2.69
Chris Gordon9-1-3+1.00+8.13
John Quinn6-1-1+7.00+2.50
Tom Lacey4-1-1+17.00+9.50
Nick Williams2-1-1+15.00+9.00
Mrs John Harrington1-1-1+14.00+8.75

Betfair Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Betfair Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Sam Twiston-Davies who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Ballyandy (2017) and Al Dancer (2019). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Betfair Hurdle, Paddy Brennan has ridden a total of 10 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Betfair Hurdle jockey 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):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Sam Twiston-Davies10-2-4-2.50-1.25
Nick Scholfield7-1-1+3.00-0.37
Nico de Boinville7-1-1-0.50-2.56
Harry Cobden6-1-1+28.00+15.63
Jonjo O'Neill Jr5-1-2+4.50+14.31
Jack Quinlan4-1-2+5.00+3.63
Stan Sheppard3-1-1+18.00+10.50
Dougie Costello3-1-1+10.00+5.50
Paddy Brennan10-0-0-10.00-10.00
Aidan Coleman6-0-1-6.00-4.69

Betfair Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +31.25 is when runners ran in a Non Handicap when last winning. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 place in the past year, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-69.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Betfair Hurdle is Sandown, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Sandown last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Ascot, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Ascot last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 402 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 15 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Betfair Hurdle, that stallion Fame And Glory has produced 2 winners (2022,2021).

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, 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 have been 6 winning favourites in the race. Remember to use the best racing tipsters along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2025 Betfair Hurdle.

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Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Betfair Hurdle Preview are at hand, Andy Powell and Darren Brett. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

A seasoned veteran in the industry, Darren's profound knowledge and unparalleled expertise in horse racing truly come to the fore during the National Hunt season. In addition to his contribution to our Horse racing previews here on OLBG, he also holds the reins for grand-national-guide.co.uk
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy has one of the greatest horse racing results and ratings databases known to man, all of his own creation. with 20 years of collating and following form, ratings and trends, he adds another layer of knowledge to our race previews.

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