Fighting Fifth Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

Updated: 1006 Horse Racing

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

Fighting Fifth Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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.

2024 Fighting Fifth Hurdle Preview

Established in 1969, the Fighting Fifth Hurdle is scheduled to take place in November of each year at the Newcastle racecourse, the Grade 1 hurdle is open to runners who are aged four or older with the runners facing a total of nine hurdles during the race over a trip or two miles and half a furlong. Originally a Grade 2, it was upgraded to a Grade 1 in 2004 and is the first G1 hurdle race of the NH season.

Fighting Fifth Hurdle Information:

Our dedicated Newcastle tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Fighting Fifth Hurdle but will also have predictions for each meeting at Newcastle throughout the season so be sure to head over there. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Newcastle Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Fighting Fifth 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 107%. The race in 2013 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 123%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, the over-round has been 112%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £112 which is bet.

Fighting Fifth 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 Fighting Fifth Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 7 winners. Backing all 20 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -7.10. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find a bet on the 2024 Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 3:46.17 was set by Constitution Hill in 2022, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico de Boinville. The slowest winning time was set in 2023 when Not So Sleepy won in a time of 4:26.03, booked to ride was Sean Bowen on this Hughie Morrison trained runner.

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

  1. Constitution Hill (3:46.17) in 2022
  2. Harchibald (3:50.20) in 2004
  3. Epatante (3:50.79) in 2020

Fighting Fifth Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Fighting Fifth 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 Fighting Fifth Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Race Notes: The 2023 renewal was abandoned due to frozen ground, it was rescheduled to run a week later at Sandown on Tingle Creek Day.

Not So Sleepy (GB)
11yo 11-10 9/1
Sean Bowen
Hughie Morrison (GB)
Constitution Hill (GB)
5yo 11-10 1/4F
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
Not So Sleepy (GB)
9yo 11-7 18/1
Jonathan Burke
Hughie Morrison (GB)
Epatante (FR)
7yo 11-0 11/8F
Aidan Coleman
Nicky Henderson (GB)
Epatante (FR)
6yo 11-0 8/11F
Aidan Coleman
Nicky Henderson (GB)
Cornerstone Lad (GB)
5yo 11-7 16/1
Henry Brooke
Micky Hammond (GB)
Buveur DAir (FR)
7yo 11-7 11/8
Barry Geraghty
Nicky Henderson (GB)
Buveur DAir (FR)
6yo 11-7 1/6F
Barry Geraghty
Nicky Henderson (GB)
Irving (GB)
8yo 11-7 6/1
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
Identity Thief (IRE)
5yo 11-7 6/1
B J Cooper
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle have been based:

  • GB: 17 winners with an additional 16 placings from 103 runners
  • IRE: 4 winners with an additional 6 placings from 21 runners

Fighting Fifth Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Nicky Henderson who has won the race seven times with those seven winners coming from Punjabi (2008), My Tent Or Yours (2013), Buveur DAir (2017 & 2018), Epatante (2020 & 2021) and Constitution Hill (2022). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle are Noel Meade (3 wins), Paul Nicholls (2 wins), Hughie Morrison (2 wins) and Donald McCain (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Fighting Fifth 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):

Nicky Henderson13-7-11-0.63+0.59
Noel Meade3-3-3+31.25+19.38
Paul Nicholls9-2-3+0.50-1.25
Hughie Morrison4-2-2+25.00+9.25
Donald McCain3-2-2+3.00+2.50
John Quinn5-1-3-1.25-2.03
Micky Hammond2-1-1+15.00+9.00
Henry De Bromhead2-1-1+5.00+2.75
Nick Gifford1-1-1+1.00+0.60
Nicky Richards7-0-2-7.00+3.90

Fighting Fifth Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Aidan Coleman who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Epatante (2020 & 2021).

Here are some of the top Fighting Fifth 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):

Aidan Coleman3-2-3+1.11+1.32
Jonathan Burke3-1-1+16.00+10.25
Sean Bowen3-1-2+7.00-0.94
Nick Scholfield3-1-1-0.50-1.06
Henry Brooke2-1-1+15.00+9.00
Denis O'Regan2-1-1+1.75-1.00
Harry Cobden1-1-1+6.00+3.75
Nico de Boinville1-1-1+0.25+0.16
Daryl Jacob5-0-2-5.00-3.07
Brian Hughes4-0-1-4.00-2.90

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): (1, 2), 1, 1, 3, 1, 5, 3, 2, 2, 1, 1, (3, 6), 2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 3

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.

  • 21 / 21 (69%) - Achieved an RPR of 146+ (Last Win)
  • 21 / 21 (76%) - No bigger than 25/1
  • 21 / 21 (78%) - Achieved an RPR of 146+ (Career)
  • 21 / 21 (79%) - Within the first 5 of the market
  • 21 / 21 (80%) - Held an OR of 138+ (Non-Hcps)
  • 21 / 21 (80%) - Achieved an RPR of 130+ (LTO)
  • 21 / 21 (81%) - Placed within last 3 starts
  • 21 / 21 (82%) - Highest Won is not LST/Cl2/Cl4
  • 21 / 21 (85%) - Fewer than 2 placings (Course)
  • 21 / 21 (86%) - Highest Run is not G2-3/LST/Cl3-4
  • 21 / 21 (86%) - Held an OR of 138+ (Last 5)
  • 21 / 21 (86%) - Won within last 6 starts
  • 21 / 21 (86%) - Fewer than 3 starts (90 Days)
  • 21 / 21 (88%) - Made 2 - 9 starts (1 Year)
  • 21 / 21 (88%) - Had 3 - 14 placings (Hurdle)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Newcastle racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle. You may want to do your research into the race, there are times when there are several runners who pass the trends so you need to do your research to find a bet, we have a Horse Racing Form Reading Made Easy & What to Look For article to help you do just this in the OLBG Betting School section.

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Fighting Fifth Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +40.62 is when runners last place was 1 start ago. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 3 career starts on the going, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-20.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are Punchestown and Aintree, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 113 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 2 winners from a total of 11 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle:

  • Beat Hollow (2 Wins)
  • Crillon (2 Wins)
  • No Risk At All (2 Wins)
  • Perugino (2 Wins)
  • Singspiel (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Go Native in 2009, winning for Noel Meade at odds of 25/1 under the guidance of Davy Condon. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 10 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 2024 Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

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