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Grade One Hurdle Races
Grade 1 Hurdle Races
Grade 1 races are the highest class of National Hunt race and in terms of Grade 1 hurdle events there are currently 16 on the racing calendar. These are:
As we can see of 16 races, 10 of them occur at the two main meetings of the year – the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals.
In this article I am going to see if we can find any patterns or trends in these races. This piece was collated before the first Grade 1 hurdle race in the 2011-2012 season (the Fighting Fifth), as I wanted to look at the previous 10 complete seasons.
Market factors (ALL RACES) – in the past 10 seasons, these races have seen the favourite win 38% of all races, with the top three in the betting providing 66% of the winners. To help give us some comparison here are some market stats for other types of race so we can compare:
This article continues with further in depth investigation into additional criteria such as course, position in betting, race distance and race type. Also included is a quick summary of the most important positives and negatives to look out for in any Grade 1 hurlde race.
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