Fighting Fifth Hurdle

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Fighting Fifth Hurdle
Grade 1 race
Location Newcastle Racecourse
Newcastle, England
Inaugurated1969
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Betfair
Website Newcastle
Race information
Distance2m 46y (3,261 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Weight11 st 7 lb
Allowances
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £80,000 (2020)
1st: £45,016
Fighting Fifth Hurdle
2020
Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Mr S Munir.svg Owner Mr David Wesley Yates.svg
EpatanteSceau RoyalRibble Valley

The Fighting Fifth Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Newcastle over a distance of about 2 miles and half a furlong (2 miles and 46 yards, or 3,261 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. The race is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Hurdling scheduled to take place each year in late November or early December.

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History

The event was established in 1969, and the inaugural running was won by Mugatpura. Its title refers to the "Fighting Fifth", the nickname of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. In the year prior to the race's launch, the regiment (formerly known as the 5th Regiment of Foot) was amalgamated with three others to form the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

There were two triple winners of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle during the 1970s: Comedy of Errors and Bird's Nest. The latter also finished first in 1980 but after a stewards' inquiry he was relegated to second place behind Sea Pigeon.

The Fighting Fifth Hurdle was formerly classed at Grade 2 level, and for a brief spell in the 1990s it was run as a limited handicap. Its past sponsors have included Bellway Homes, Newcastle Building Society and Pertemps and the race has been sponsored by Betfair since 2019. It was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2004, and it is now the first top-grade hurdle race of the British National Hunt season.

Records

Most successful horse (3 wins):

Leading jockey (3 wins):

Leading trainer (6 wins):

Winners

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
1969Mugatpura6 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1970Inishmaan4 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1971Dondieu6 Brian Fletcher Denys Smith
1972 Comedy of Errors 5Bill Smith Fred Rimell
1973 Comedy of Errors 6Bill Smith Fred Rimell
1974 Comedy of Errors 7Ken White Fred Rimell
1975 Night Nurse 4 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby
1976 Birds Nest 6Steve KnightBob Turnell
1977 Birds Nest 7 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1978 Sea Pigeon 8Ian Watkinson Peter Easterby
1979 Birds Nest 9Andrew TurnellBob Turnell
1980 Sea Pigeon [lower-alpha 1] 10Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1981Ekbalco5David GouldingRoger Fisher
1982Donegal Prince6Phil TuckPaul Kelleway
1983Gaye Brief6 Sam Morshead Mercy Rimell
1984Browne's Gazette6Dermot BrowneMonica Dickinson
1985Out of the Gloom4 Jonjo O'Neill Reg Hollinshead
1986Tom Sharp6S. J. O'NeillWalter Wharton
1987 Floyd 7 Colin Brown David Elsworth
1988 Floyd 8Simon Sherwood David Elsworth
1989 Kribensis 5Mark Dwyer Michael Stoute
1990Beech Road8Richard Guest Toby Balding
1991Royal Derbi6Chris GrantNeville Callaghan
1992Halkopous6Steve Smith Eccles Mark Tompkins
no race 1993 [lower-alpha 2]
1994Batabanoo5 Peter Niven Mary Reveley
1995Padre Mio7Richard Guest Charlie Brooks
1996Space Trucker5John Shortt Jessica Harrington
1997Star Rage7Dean Gallagher Mark Johnston
1998Dato Star7Lorcan Wyer Malcolm Jefferson
1999Dato Star8Lorcan Wyer Malcolm Jefferson
2000 Barton 7 Tony Dobbin Tim Easterby
2001 Landing Light 6John Kavanagh Nicky Henderson
2002 Intersky Falcon 5Liam Cooper Jonjo O'Neill
2003 The French Furze 9Brian Harding Nicky Richards
2004 Harchibald 5 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2005 Arcalis 5 Tony Dobbin Howard Johnson
2006 Straw Bear 5 Tony McCoy Nick Gifford
2007 Harchibald 8 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2008 Punjabi [lower-alpha 3] 5 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2009 Go Native 6 Davy Condon Noel Meade
2010Peddlers Cross [lower-alpha 4] 5 Jason Maguire Donald McCain Jr.
2011Overturn7 Jason Maguire Donald McCain Jr.
2012Countrywide Flame4Denis O'ReganJohn Quinn
2013 My Tent Or Yours 6 Tony McCoy Nicky Henderson
2014Irving6Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls
2015Identity Thief5 Bryan Cooper Henry De Bromhead
2016Irving8Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls
2017 Buveur d'Air 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2018 Buveur d'Air 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2019Cornerstone Lad5Henry BrookeMicky Hammond
2020 Epatante 6 Aidan Coleman Nicky Henderson
  1. Bird's Nest finished first in 1980, but he was relegated to second place after a stewards' inquiry
  2. The 1993 running was abandoned because of snow
  3. The 2008 edition was held at Wetherby over 2 miles and 110 yards
  4. The 2010 edition was held at Newbury over 2 miles and 110 yards

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