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The Sefton Novices’ Hurdle is a grade 1 national hunt hurdle run annually at the Grand National meeting at Aintree. The race is run over a distance of 3 miles 110 yards at Aintree racecourse, with participants required to clear 13 hurdles during the race.
The Sefton Novices’ Hurdle is open to 4-year old and older novice hurdlers. The race is recognised as the most prestigious race for novice stayers of the national hunt season, and draws a strong field.
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The Sefton Novices’ Hurdle was first introduced into the Aintree Grand National Festival program in 1988. The most famous horse to have won the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle is 1992 winner Barton Bank, who went on to win the King George VI Chase.
Some of the top stables in national hunt racing target the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle. The most successful trainer of Sefton Novices’ Hurdle winners was David Nicholson, whose horses won the race three times in the 1990s.