Long Walk Hurdle Tips 2020

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When is The Long Walk Hurdle 2020?

The Marsh Hurdle, registered as the Long Walk Hurdle was established in 1965.  In 1990 it was given Grade 1 status and is seen as a trial for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival, with no less than 6 winners winning both races.

In 2020 it is scheduled to run on Saturday 19th December, getting underway at 2.25 pm.

The Long Walk Hurdle is run over a distance of about 3 miles and 1 furlong and is open to horses aged four years and older.

Last year's winner The World's End received £56950 running the race in 6 mins and 20.44 seconds.



Most successful horse has won this race four times.  Baracouda won consecutively from 2000-2004.

Leading Trainer was Francois Doumen who trained Baracouda hence having four wins.

Leading Jockey is Richard Johnson, who has also won four times, but was not the jockey on Barracouda, his wins come from Anzum in 1999, Mighty Man in 2006 and twice winning on Reve di Sivola in 2012/13.

Long Walk Hurdle Previous Winners

DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
Ascot3m½fGood To Soft859/211-71550(0)28d
Ascot3m½fGood To Soft1186/511-71651(0)22d
Ascot3m½fGood To Soft872/111-71610(0)21d
Ascot3m1fGood To Soft5913/211-71510(0)233d
Newbury3m½fGood To Soft672/1311-71741(0)32d
Ascot3m1fGood To Soft1153/111-71600(0)34d
Ascot3m1fGood To Firm9714/111-71423(2)28d
Ascot3m1fGood To Soft968/1111-71650(0)28d
Chepstow3mGood To Soft8512/111-71490(0)38d
Ascot3m1½fGood To Soft758/111-700(0)240d


Keith has poured over the stats for the Long Walk Hurdle and found the following trends:

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – 11 of the last 12 winners were aged between 5 and 8.
  • Sex – All of the last 12 winners were geldings.
  • Trainer – Paul Nicholls and Nick Williams have both won the race 3 times in the last 12 years.
  • Horse – 2 horses have won the race 3 times in the last 12 years REVE DE SIVOLA and BIG BUCKS, trained by Williams and Nicholls respectively. 
  • Country – 7 of the last 12 winners were bred in France, 3 in Great Britain and 2 in Ireland.
  • Colour – 8 of the last 12 winners were bay..
  • Weight Carried – All of the last 12 winners carried 11st 7lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 10 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of 9/2 or less.
  • Starting Price Rank – 7 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and all were in the first 5 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 7 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear, 4 wore cheek pieces. 
  • Days Since Last Run – 11 of the last 12 winners had run between 21 and 34 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form –8 of the last 12 winners had won last time out, 11 of them finished in the first 3 last time.
  • Official Rating – 10 of the last 12 winners had an official rating between 151 and 165.

Long Walk Hurdle Tips

The Long Walk Hurdle this year is essentially a rematch between THYME HILL and PAISLEY PARK who finished first and second at Newbury 3 weeks ago, can THYME HILL emerge victorious again or will PAISLEY PARK get revenge? The amazing MAIN FACT, who has won his last 9 races mixing hurdling with flat racing, looks best of the rest.

Keith's Tip on Raceday

PAISLEY PARK 2.25 Ascot 2/1 – Finished 1½ lengths behind THYME HILL at Newbury on reappearance but is 3lb better off with that rival today and he should come out on top in what will be a thrilling spectacle. MAIN FACT who has amazingly won 9 in a row and the mare ROKSANA are likely to battle it out for third.

How did we do?

PAISLEY PARK (9/4) bounced back with a vengeance, only 3rd going over the last fence he came with a wet sail to nail THYME HILL in the closing stages. ROKSANA was third.

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Long Walk Hurdle Results

Porsche Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m½f (5377 yards) Prize (winner): £45560 Direction: Right Handed
Runners: 8    Going: Heavy    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 15.93s   Avg OR: 154     Median OR: 154.5

Full results:

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
21stPaisley Park (IRE)811-7165Lavelle, Miss E CColeman, A9/43.551.42
held up off the pace in last pair, steady headway on inside approaching 4 out, still only 5th and plenty to do jumping 2 out, headway soon after, 3rd at the last, stayed on dourly run-in to lead near finish BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 65
82ndNKThyme Hill611-7160Hobbs, P JJohnson, Richard11/8 (Fav)2.491.31
tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd before 2 out, led approaching last, headed and no extra near finish BF IP MIN 1.07 BF IP MAX 480
103rd1.75Roksana (IRE)811-0153Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry11/29.402.09
waited with in rear, steady headway on inside on long run before 2 out, close 3rd 2 out, went 2nd at the last, never getting to leader and weakened into 3rd final 110 yards BF IP MIN 2.56 BF IP MAX 1000
94th5Younevercall (IRE)911-7CkPc TT156Bailey, K CBass, David33/150.007.60
tracked clear leader, closer at 6th, led on long run before 2 out, hit 2 out, ridden and headed when hit last, weakened run-in BF IP MIN 4.5 BF IP MAX 1000
65th7.5Third Wind611-7144Morrison, HOBrien, T J22/122.003.65
handy enough in 5th, pushed along after 3 out, hung right and weakened from 2 out BF IP MIN 18.5 BF IP MAX 1000
56th7The Worlds End (IRE)911-7155Murphy, OllyONeill, Jonjo (Jr)40/158.849.80
led and soon clear, reduced lead 6th, headed on long run before 2 out, lost 2nd soon after, weakened 2 out BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
17th31Main Fact (USA)711-7154Pipe, D EGillard, Fergus6/19.762.48
held up in 6th, some headway on outside and pushed along before 3 out, soon ridden and beaten BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000
3PUPortrush Ted (IRE)811-7TT144Greatrex, W JSheehan, Gavin28/137.205.82
raced out wide chasing leaders until lost place 7th, behind next, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Thistlecrack, The Jam Man (IRE)

Marsh Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Long Walk Hurdle)
Distance: 3m½f (5377 yards) Prize (winner): £56950 Direction: Right Handed
Runners: 4    Going: Heavy    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 20.44s   Avg OR: 150     Median OR: 149.5

Full Results:

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
41stThe Worlds End (IRE)811-7153George, T RHeskin, A P15/8 (Fav)3.221.65
led, went clear 3 out, jumped left next, headed between last 2, looked held run-in, stayed on strongly to lead again final 120 yards, soon clear BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 100
22nd2.75Lami Serge (IRE)911-7155Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico3/14.802.41
raced keenly, held up last, good headway on inside after 3 out, 2nd before next, led going well between last 2, went left last, clear run-in, weakened and headed last 120 yards BF IP MIN 1.03 BF IP MAX 1000
63rd0.5Papagana611-0146Sherwood, OAspell, Leighton9/43.681.85
chased leader, pushed along when hit 3 out, lost 2nd before next, outpaced soon after, kept on in 3rd BF IP MIN 3.15 BF IP MAX 1000
14th1.75Agrapart (FR)811-7145Williams, NickRussell, D N7/25.222.24
held up in 3rd, closer approaching 4 out, effort on outside before 2 out, outpaced between last 2, weakened BF IP MIN 3.35 BF IP MAX 1000

Ascot December Weekend Race Cards

Christmas Racing Weekend – 18th & 19th December – Ascot Racecourse:


Friday 18th December

12:45Ascot Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle2m5fClass 3
1:20Ascot Maiden Hurdle2m5fClass 3
1:55Ascot Novices Limited Handicap Chase2mClass 3
2:30Skybet Supreme Trial Novices Hurdle1m7fGrade 2
3:05Swinley Noel Novices Chase2m3fGrade 2
3:35Ascot Championship Standard Open NH Flat Race1m7fListed

Saturday 19th December

12:40Ascot Novices Handicap Hurdle2m7fClass 4
1:15Ascot Graduation Chase2m5fClass 2
1:50Ascot Handicap Chase2m2fClass 2
2:25Long Walk Hurdle3mGrade 1
3:00Ascot Silver Cup2m7fListed
3:35Betfair Exchange Trophy1m7fGrade 3

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