2023 National Spirit Hurdle Preview, Trends & Analysis

2023 National Spirit Hurdle Preview, Trends & Analysis

2023 National Spirit Hurdle Preview

The National Spirit Hurdle is scheduled to take place in February of each year at the Fontwell racecourse, it is a Grade 2 hurdle that is run over a trip of two miles and three furlongs in which a total of ten hurdles are to be jumped. The race is open to runners aged four or older and is considered a trial for the Stayers Hurdle, My Way de Solzen won both races in 2006.

National Spirit Hurdle Content:

We also have a dedicated Fontwell Betting Picks page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Hughie Morrison trained Starzaan ridden by Timmy Murphy who has set the fastest winning time in the National Spirit Hurdle, the runner won the race in a time of 4:42.10 that was set when winning the race in 2004. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Skelton with Celestial Halo who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 5:23.30 in the 2011 renewal.

These are the top three quickest run National Spirit Hurdle over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2004 - Starzaan (4:42.10)
  • 2022 - Botox Has (4:47.35)
  • 2018 - Old Guard (4:48.00)

How competitive is the National Spirit Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2011 when the race had an over-round of 107%. The race in 2004 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 119%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the National Spirit Hurdle, the over-round has been 112%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £112 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 National Spirit Hurdle next time out then you would have back a total of 2 winners. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -7.17. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2023 National Spirit Hurdle.

National Spirit Hurdle Past Winners

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

Year Horse Info
2022
4:47.35
Botox Has (FR)
6yo 11-4 20/1
Joshua Moore
Gary Moore (GB)
2021
4:53.60
Brewinupastorm (IRE)
8yo 11-3 3/1
Aidan Coleman
Olly Murphy (GB)
2020
5:05.50
William Henry (IRE)
10yo 11-7 5/1
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2019
4:50.20
Vision Des Flos (FR)
6yo 11-5 7/2
Tom Scudamore
Colin Tizzard (GB)
2018
4:48.00
Old Guard (GB)
7yo 11-7 11/4
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2017
4:48.50
Camping Ground (FR)
7yo 11-11 9/1
Joshua Moore
Gary Moore (GB)
2016
4:59.20
Lil Rockerfeller (USA)
5yo 11-7 7/4F
Trevor Whelan
Neil King (GB)
2015
5:12.50
Kilcooley (IRE)
6yo 11-3 3/1
Noel Fehily
Charlie Longsdon (GB)
2014
5:10.30
Kayf Moss (GB)
6yo 11-3 16/1
Rhys Flint
John Flint (GB)
2013
5:12.50
Prospect Wells (FR)
8yo 11-3 3/1
Daryl Jacob
Paul Nicholls (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the National Spirit Hurdle have been based:

  • GB: 19 winners with an additional 24 placings from 129 runners
  • FR: 1 winner with an additional 1 placing from 2 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

National Spirit Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the National Spirit Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Paul Nicholls who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Celestial Halo (2011), Prospect Wells (2013) & Old Guard (2018). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the National Spirit Hurdle are Alan King (2 wins), Gary Moore (2 wins), Colin Tizzard (2 wins) & David Pipe (2 wins).

Here are some of the top National Spirit 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):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
Paul Nicholls 20-3-9 -9.75 -7.04
Alan King 12-2-6 -1.09 -0.45
Gary Moore 6-2-3 +25.00 +15.48
Colin Tizzard 5-2-2 +1.60 -0.12
David Pipe 4-2-2 +5.50 +2.56
Nicky Henderson 9-1-2 -3.00 -2.87
Neil King 5-1-2 -2.25 -2.20
Olly Murphy 3-1-2 +1.00 +0.75
John Flint 2-1-1 +15.00 +9.00
Hughie Morrison 1-1-1 +5.00 +3.00

National Spirit Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the National Spirit Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Tom Scudamore who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Lough Derg (2008), Lough Derg (2009) & Vision Des Flos (2019). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the National Spirit Hurdle is Joshua Moore (2 wins).

Here are some of the top National Spirit 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):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Tom Scudamore 5-3-4 +9.00 +5.81
Joshua Moore 5-2-3 +26.00 +16.48
Daryl Jacob 5-1-1 -1.00 -2.12
Harry Cobden 4-1-2 -0.25 -0.77
Aidan Coleman 3-1-2 +1.00 +0.75
Harry Skelton 3-1-1 -0.50 -1.06
Nico de Boinville 2-1-1 +4.00 +2.13
Trevor Whelan 2-1-2 +0.75 +0.80
Sam Twiston-Davies 4-0-3 -4.00 -1.31
Jamie Moore 3-0-1 -3.00 -0.30

2023 National Spirit Hurdle Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,1,3,7,1,1,2,1,UR,4,1,3,4,2,1,(3,5),2,2,3,2,4

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 (80%) - Ran over hurdles (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (81%) - Contested at least a G2
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - Made 4+ starts (1 Year)
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Ran over hurdles (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Made 2-7 starts (Season)
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Off a break of 8-73 days
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Made 7-43 starts (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - Carried 148-166lbs (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Ran over 1m7½f - 2m7½f (Last Win)
  • 19 / 20 (64%) - Has never been to Fontwell
  • 19 / 20 (73%) - Never fallen over hurdles
  • 19 / 20 (74%) - No bigger than 16/1
  • 19 / 20 (77%) - Within first 5 of market
  • 19 / 20 (77%) - No bigger than 16/1 (LTO)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Fontwell racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the National Spirit 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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National Spirit Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which has produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +30.01 is when runners had 1 career place in the class. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran in a Jumps (Chase) race last time out, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-18.

The course which has produced the most winners of the National Spirit Hurdle is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 5 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are Sandown and Ascot, 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 123 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 9 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the National Spirit Hurdle, that stallion is Apple Tree who has produced 2 winners (2009,2008).

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have been disappointed with multiple attempts but no wins in the National Spirit Hurdle, that stallion is Kahyasi who has failed to produce a winner from 5 runners.

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest priced winner was Botox Has in 2022 when winning for Gary Moore at odds of 20/1 under the guidance of Joshua Moore. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 6 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2023 National Spirit Hurdle see which other runners today are being back by the best racing tipsters today.

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