Summer Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

Updated: 719 Horse Racing

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

Summer 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 Summer Hurdle Preview

The Summer Hurdle is run at Market Rasen in July of each year, it is a class 2 handicap race run over hurdles that is open to runners aged three-year-old or older and is run over two miles and half a furlong during which, the runners will face a total of eight hurdles.

Summer Hurdle Information:

To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Market Rasen tips on the day of the race, do they agree with the runners on the trend shortlist or are they predicting other runners?

How competitive is the Summer Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2020 when the race had an over-round of 108%. The race in 2012 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 131%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Summer Hurdle, the over-round has been 124%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £124 which is bet.

Summer 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 Summer Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 3 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -3.62. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Summer Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 3:55.17 was set by Pisgah Pike in 2022, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Jamie Snowden and ridden by Gavin Sheehan. The slowest winning time was set in 2007 when Kings Quay won in a time of 4:17.10, booked to ride was Dougie Costello on this John Quinn trained runner.

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

  • 2022 - Pisgah Pike (3:55.17)
  • 2018 - LInganno Felice (3:55.60)
  • 2010 - Australia Day (3:57.40)

Summer Hurdle Past Winners

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

Year Horse Info
2023
4:10.21
Too Friendly (GB)
5yo 11-10 11/2
Harry Cobden
James Owen (GB)
2022
3:55.17
Pisgah Pike (IRE)
7yo 11-6 22/1
Gavin Sheehan
Jamie Snowden (GB)
2021
4:01.10
Stonific (IRE)
8yo 10-9 40/1
Tom Scudamore
David O'Meara (GB)
2020
4:00.20
Red Force One (GB)
5yo 10-12 5/1
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2019
4:09.40
Grapevine (IRE)
6yo 9-9 25/1
Connor Brace (5lbs)
Sophie Leech (GB)
2018
3:55.60
LInganno Felice (FR)
8yo 11-2 8/1
Ross Chapman (3lbs)
Iain Jardine (GB)
2017
4:01.00
John Constable (IRE)
6yo 11-12 4/1F
Davy Russell
Evan Williams (GB)
2016
4:05.70
Red Tornado (FR)
4yo 10-9 8/1
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton (GB)
2015
3:59.50
Gran Maestro (USA)
6yo 10-1 16/1
William Kennedy
Dr Richard Newland (GB)
2014
4:10.30
Purple Bay (IRE)
5yo 10-11 7/1
Mikey Ennis (7lbs)
John Ferguson (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

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

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 47 placings from 281 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 4 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Summer Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Summer Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is David O'Meara who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Viva Colonia (2011) and Stonific (2021). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Summer Hurdle, David Pipe has sent a total of 16 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Summer 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
David O'Meara 6-2-4 +50.00 +34.00
Peter Bowen 13-1-3 +21.00 +12.88
Dr Richard Newland 13-1-4 +4.00 +6.01
Evan Williams 10-1-2 -5.00 -5.35
Dan Skelton 9-1-4 +0.00 +0.80
Paul Webber 7-1-3 +1.00 +0.70
John Quinn 5-1-2 +8.00 +6.50
Richard Fahey 4-1-1 +4.50 +1.69
Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-1-1 +3.50 +1.06
Steve Gollings 4-1-1 +1.50 -0.19

Summer Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Summer Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Denis O'Regan who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Australia Day (2010), Viva Colonia (2011) and Sea Lord (2013). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the Summer Hurdle is Harry Cobden (2 wins). There are two jockeys who have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Summer Hurdle, Aidan Coleman has ridden a total of 11 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Sam Twiston-Davies has ridden 10 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Summer 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):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Denis O'Regan 4-3-3 +24.50 +14.94
Harry Cobden 3-2-2 +9.50 +5.44
Paddy Brennan 9-1-5 -1.50 +4.64
Harry Skelton 8-1-4 +1.00 +1.80
Connor Brace 3-1-2 +23.00 +15.13
Gavin Sheehan 3-1-2 +20.00 +13.08
William Kennedy 3-1-3 +14.00 +12.10
Dougie Costello 3-1-2 +10.00 +8.50
Ross Chapman 1-1-1 +8.00 +5.00
Aidan Coleman 11-0-1 -11.00 -9.25

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): 11, 1, 16, 9, 2, (2, 6, 7), 13, 3, 5, (1, 2), 3, 9, (5, 9), 1, 2, (11, 12), 5, 4, 5, 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 (62%) - Fewer than 2 wins (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (81%) - Made 3 - 17 starts (Hurdle)
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - No bigger than 25/1 (Career Place)
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - Carried 128 - 165lbs (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Fewer than 14 starts (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Fewer than 9 placings (Hurdle)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Fewer than 5 wins (Hurdle)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Fewer than 4 wins (Further)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - No bigger than 66/1 (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Ran in England (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - Carried 123 - 158lbs (Debut)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - No bigger than 16/1 (Career Win)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Made 8 - 47 starts (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Fewer than 7 placings (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Had 4 - 18 placings (Career)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Market Rasen racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Summer 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 read our Ante-Post Horse Racing article which explains how ante-post betting works.

Are you already a member? If not, then why not? With over £6,000 given away each month in the tipster competition, why not get involved? Remember, It is completely FREE! So, head over to the registration page to sign up today! If you are already a member, then share your thoughts on the Summer Hurdle by adding a tip on the race here.

Summer Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +79.50 is when runners had 0 season places. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 career start in higher class races, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-55.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Summer Hurdle is Newton Abbot, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Newton Abbot last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 266 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 20 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Summer Hurdle, that stallion Montjeu has produced 2 winners (2017,2007).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Summer Hurdle despite multiple attempts:

  • Danehill Dancer (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Hernando (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Stonific in 2021, winning for David O'Meara at odds of 40/1 under the guidance of Tom Scudamore. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 3 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Summer Hurdle head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today. If you are interested in other races at the Market Rasen racecourse, then why not read our blog for the Summer Plate?

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