Henderson’s Betfair Hurdle Heroes
The £155,000 Betfair Hurdle is a much anticipated race in the Newbury National Hunt calendar. Being the richest handicap hurdle in Britain, it never fails to bring quality horses in.
Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer for the Betfair Hurdle, having previously won it an impressive five times.
Below, we delve into the archive and take a look back at some of those victories.
Sharpical – 1998
In 1998 it was Sharpical who landed the spoils in the Betfair Hurdle, Britain’s most valuable handicap hurdle.
His jockey, Mick Fitzgerald, rallied him to score by three lengths, giving Henderson his first of five Betfair Hurdle wins.
Click the image below to watch the end of the race!
Geos – 2000 & 2004
In the millenium year, it was Geos who took the win for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Mick Fitzgerald, challenging the leader to clear the penultimate fence together before kicking on to power ahead by seven lengths.
Geos would repeat this success four years later with Marcus Foley on board.
Click the image below to rewatch the winning moment in the year 2000.
Landing Light – 2001
In 2004, Henderson saddled his third Betfair Hurdle winner in four years, Landing Light. The gelding powered clear of the popular Rooster Booster to win by three lengths.
Landing Light went on to become a very successful racehorse. The Betfair Hurdle was his first major win, after which he went on to win the G1 Champion Hurdle, G1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle, and G1 Christmas Hurdle.
At eight years old, Henderson felt that the gelding had grown tired of jumping, so in his 2003 season he became a flat horse, where he placed 2nd in the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot before winning the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. After this win, Landing Light retired.
Click the image below to rewatch Landing Light win the 2001 Betfair Hurdle.
My Tent Or Yours – 2013
In 2013 it was My Tent Or Yours who gave Henderson his fifth win in the Betfair Hurdle, travelling well before taking the lead to win impressively by five lengths.
His jockey, A.P. McCoy, noted it was ‘a very good performance off a high mark for a novice on testing ground’.
This was the first of a number of big wins for My Tent Or Yours, who would later add three Grade 1s and a Grade 2 to his resume.
Click the image below to rewatch My Tent Or Yours winning the 2013 Betfair Hurdle.
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