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The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle

The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle is the penultimate race that is run on Ladies Day of The Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool every April.

Offering three exhilarating days of National Hunt horse racing, The Grand National meeting is one of the most exciting, highly-anticipated meetings on the National Hunt calendar, offering a spectacular mixture of races including hurdles, steeplechases and flat races.

21 races are split over the three days, with a seven-race card including a prestigious feature race on each of Liverpool NHS Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day.

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About The Race

The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race for novices that serves as the penultimate race of Ladies Day at The Grand National Festival every year.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle runs three miles and half a furlong of Aintree Racecourse, featuring thirteen hurdles along its route of the Mildmay Course.

£100,000 was in the prize pot last time out, which was shared between the first four horses to successfully complete the race in the following fashion:

1st place – £56,270

2nd place – £21,200

3rd place – £10,610

4th place – £5,300

The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle will begin at 16:40 on Friday the 9th of April 2021.

Runners

The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle features some of the most famous names in National Hunt racing, which applies to the horses, jockeys and trainers. There’s usually a medium-sized field of competitors so you’re sure to know at least a few of them.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Ladies Day during the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Ardlethen (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  2. Arthur Mac (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Liam Heard and trained by Henry Oliver
  3. Champ (IRE) – first-place finish – 9/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Mark Walsh and trained by Nicky Henderson
  4. Champagne Well (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  5. Dallas Des Pictons (FR) – eleventh-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott
  6. Downtown Getaway (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  7. Emitom (IRE) – second-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Warren Greatrex
  8. Go Another One (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – assigned jockey Richard Johnson and trained by John McConnell
  9. Kingsplace (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  10. Lisnagar Oscar (IRE) – third-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Rebecca Curtis
  11. The Captains Inn (IRE) – Pulled Up – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Ben Pauling
  12. Trevelyn’s Corn (IRE) – tenth-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  13. Walk Away (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Henry De Bromhead

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Odds

Odds on The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle last time out ranged between 11/2, a fantastic price for a race favourite, and 100/1 on the longest outsider Ami Desbois, who managed an eighth-place finish out of 15 runners.

The last edition of The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle was won by 9/1 priced Ballyoptic, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £100 in returns, £90 in profit.

Previous Runners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle during the Grand National meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

The winner of The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle last time out at The Grand National Festival was 9/4 priced race favourite Champ, ridden by jockey Mark Walsh and trained by Nicky Henderson.

5/1 third-favourite Emitom finished three lengths behind Champ in second place, followed by 11/2 priced Lisnagar Oscar in third place and 12/1 outsider Walk Away in fourth.

2018

On Ladies Day in 2018, the winner of The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle was 6/4 priced race favourite Santini, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

9/1 outsider Roksana finished a length and a half behind Santini in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Tower Bridge in third place and 40/1 outsider Uppertown Prince in fourth.

2017

3/1 priced second-favourite The Worlds End won The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse in 2017, ridden by jockey Adrian Heskin and trained by Tom George.

9/1 priced Beyond Conceit finished just half a length behind The Worlds End in second place, followed by 11/1 outsider Debece in third place and 11/4 race favourite Constantine Bay in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, the winner of The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at The Grand National Festival was 9/1 priced Ballyoptic, ridden by jockey Ryan Hatch and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

11/2 priced race favourite Bellshill finished just a neck behind Ballyoptic in second place, followed by 16/1 outsider Potters Legend in third place and 12/1 priced Balko Des Flos in fourth.

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