International Hurdle Tips 2020

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When is The International Hurdle 2020?

The Unibet International Hurdle at the International Meeting at Cheltenham is registered as the International Hurdle – December.  First run in 1963 it has been known by several names, first the Cheltenham Trial Hurdle until 1977 when it became the Bula Hurdle.

In 2006 it became the International Hurdle with various sponsors and is now the Unibet International Hurdle.

For 2020, the race is on 12th December getting underway at 1.55pm

A Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race, the International Hurdle is restricted to horses aged 4 years and older.  The race is run over a distance of about 2 miles and a 1 furlong.

The winner last year took home £78778.

As aspired to by it's original name, the race is seen as a trial race for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.  


    11 Year Trends and Statistics (2008 was held at Ascot)

    • Age – 10 of the last 11 winners were aged between 4 and 6.
    • Sex – All of the last 11 winners were geldings.
    • Trainer – Only 4 trainers have won this race in the last 11 years, Nicky Henderson 4, Nigel Twiston-Davis 4, Paul Nicholls2 and Philip Hobbs 1.
    • Horse – Nigel Twiston Davis training THE NEW ONE to win the race 3 times. 
    • Country – 7 of the last 11 winners were bred in Ireland, 2 in Great Britain and 2 in France.
    • Colour – 10 of the last 11 winners were bay.
    • Weight Carried – 8 of the last 11 winners carried 11st 4lb or more.
    • Starting Price (SP) – 7 of the last 11 winners returned a SP of 5/2 or less and 4 were between 5/1 and 12/1.
    • Starting Price Rank – 7 of the last 11 winners started as favourite and 10 were in the first 4 in the betting.
    • Headgear – 9 of the last 11 winners wore no headgear.
    • Days Since Last Run – 9 of the last 11 winners had run between 21 and 55 days ago. 
    • Last Run Form –7 of the last 11 winners had won last time out, 9 of them finished in the first 2 last time.
    • Official Rating – All of the last 11 winners had an official rating between 155 and 167.



    International Hurdle Previous Winners

    DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
    Cheltenham2m1fGood To Soft877/111-01583(2)27d
    Cheltenham2m1fGood To Soft864/711-81670(0)21d
    Cheltenham2m1fGood To Soft957/411-41620(0)27d
    Ascot2mGood To Soft54Evens11-41520(0)28d
    Cheltenham2m1fGood To Soft9610/1111-800(0)20d
    Cheltenham2m½fGood To Soft7525/111-41502(2)27d
    Newbury2m½fGood To Soft451/211-41580(0)235d
    Cheltenham2m1fGood To Soft71013/211-800(0)364d


    International Hurdle Tips

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    International Hurdle Results

    Unibet International Hurdle (Grade 2)
    Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards +63 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £63784 Direction: Left Handed
    Runners: 10    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 4 mins 8.67s   Avg OR: 155     Median OR: 156    

    Full Results

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    41stSong For Someone (GER)511-6156Symonds, TomColeman, A6/18.202.62
    tracked leaders, led just after omitted last, hard pressed close home, just held on BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 17.5
    62ndNSESilver Streak (IRE)711-4158Williams, EvanWedge, Adam10/114.503.25
    chased leaders, not much room bypassing omitted last, switched right and again not much room flat, stayed on well, just denied BF IP MIN 1.33 BF IP MAX 90
    13rd2.75Ballyandy911-6157Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam14/120.863.75
    led early, pressed leader, led after 2 out, headed just after omitted last, lost 2nd final 100 yards, kept on BF IP MIN 3.9 BF IP MAX 1000
    34th0.5Sceau Royal (FR)811-6158King, AJacob, Daryl10/111.503.46
    held up towards rear on inside, closed 3rd, close up bypassing omitted last, ridden flat, held final 100 yards, kept on BF IP MIN 1.33 BF IP MAX 1000
    55thNKSummerville Boy (IRE)811-6156George, T RScudamore, Tom14/117.504.00
    raced keenly, soon led, not fluent 3rd, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace from omitted last BF IP MIN 9 BF IP MAX 1000
    76thHDChtibello (FR)911-0154Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry11/114.183.25
    held up in rear, headway on outside final bend, ridden and stayed on same pace from omitted last BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
    27th3.75Call Me Lord (FR)711-6152Henderson, N JBowen, James C28/137.447.60
    held up towards rear, ridden, effort and switched left before omitted last, no impression on leaders BF IP MIN 28 BF IP MAX 1000
    108th8.5Verdana Blue (IRE)810-7151Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico17/210.283.10
    mid-division, headway on outside final bend, not much room bypassing omitted last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
    99th7.5Stormy Ireland (FR)610-11148Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry14/116.084.59
    held up towards rear on outside, not fluent 1st, tried to close before omitted last, no impression and weakened flat BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 1000
    810th5.5Goshen (FR)411-0156Moore, G LMoore, Jamie6/4 (Fav)2.741.83
    hung right, tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged 3rd, led 2 out, soon headed and weakened quickly BF IP MIN 2.38 BF IP MAX 1000

    Unibet International Hurdle (Grade 2)
    Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards +63 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £78778 Dir: Left Handed
    Runners: 8    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 4 mins 18.96s   Avg OR: 154     Median OR: 153

    Full Results:

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    81stCall Me Lord (FR)611-0160Henderson, N JBowen, James C2/1 (Fav)3.211.52
    held up behind leaders, closed from 2 out, challenging when bumped last, led flat, edged right, driven out BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 7
    62ndNKBallyandy811-0151Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam12/116.243.86
    held up on outside, slow 3 out and 2 out, headway home bend, unable to quicken when not much room last, edged left flat, stayed on, went 2nd towards finish, just held BF IP MIN 2.02 BF IP MAX 1000
    13rd1.25Chtibello (FR)811-4157Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry8/110.502.54
    held up, closed after 2nd, led approaching last, mistake and bumped at last, soon headed, held when switched left towards finish BF IP MIN 4.4 BF IP MAX 1000
    94th3Monsieur Lecoq (FR)511-0150Williams, Mrs JaneKelly, Lizzie8/19.862.81
    held up in rear, outpaced 2 out, stayed on flat, going on towards finish, went close home BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
    55th0.5Pentland Hills (IRE)411-3153Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico5/23.851.71
    chased leader, raced freely, challenged last, soon headed and ridden, weakened towards finish BF IP MIN 1.61 BF IP MAX 1000
    26thHDGumball (FR)511-4Hood152Hobbs, P JJohnson, Richard11/112.673.51
    held up, headway 3 out, outpaced before last, no impression after BF IP MIN 11.5 BF IP MAX 1000
    47th3.25Elixir De Nutz (FR)511-3153Tizzard, C LCobden, Harry12/116.723.95
    led, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 8.2 BF IP MAX 1000
    38th6Le Patriote (FR)711-4CkPc154Newland, Dr R D PColeman, A16/120.584.20
    chased leaders, lost place 5th, soon closed back up, outpaced 2 out, well held when jumped left last BF IP MIN 21 BF IP MAX 1000

    Cheltenham International Race Cards

    Cheltenham International – 11th & 12th December – Cheltenham Racecourse:


    Friday 11th December

    12:10The British EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Race (CLASS 3)2m 179ydsHurdle
    12:45The International Decorative Surfaces Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)3m 1f 56ydsSteeple Chase
    1:20The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race 0-140 (Class 3)2m 179ydsHurdle
    1:55The CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3)2m 4f 127ydsSteeple Chase
    2:30The BetVictor Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)3m abt 2f Steeple Chase
    3:05The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)3m 6f 37ydsSteeple Chase
    3:40The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2)Abt 3mHurdle

    Saturday 12th December

    12:10The JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Novices' Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (Class 2)2m 179ydsHurdle
    12:45The Ryman Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)2m 4f 127ydsSteeple Chase
    1:20The Cheltenham Club Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)2m 62ydsSteeple Chase
    1:55The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)2m 4f 127ydsSteeple Chase
    2:30The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 2)Abt 3mHurdle
    3:05The Unibet International Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 179ydsHurdle
    3:40The Park Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)2m 4f 56ydsHurdle

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