Pentland Hills justified favouritism in attritional conditions in the 2019 renewal.
The Anniversary 4-year-old Juvenile Hurdle is a Grade 1 contest on the first day of Aintree’s Grand National meeting, and regularly involves some of the best juvenile hurdlers from both Britain and Ireland.
The latest odds for the Anniversary 4-year-old Juvenile Hurdle will be listed below just as soon as they become available.
Anniversary 4 Year Old Hurdle Tips
The Anniversary 4-year-old Hurdle is a Grade 1 race for juvenile hurdlers aged four, held over two miles and 209 yards. The winner of this race regularly goes on to bigger and better things, and the recent roll of honour features the likes of Apple’s Jade and Binocular. You can find our tip for the Anniversary 4-year-old Hurdle a little closer to the time.
What is the Anniversary 4 Year Old Hurdle?
The Grade 1 race at Aintree is open to those horses aged four, and the best of the division regularly heads to Liverpool.
Run over about just shy of two miles and a furlong (two miles and 209 yards) on the Mildmay Course, the race was originally a Grade 2 contest, before being upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2005.
The winner of the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival regularly runs here, and the most recent horse to complete the double was Pentland Hills, doing so in 2019 for Nicky Henderson.
What happened in the 2019 Anniversary 4 Year Old Hurdle?
Having caused a 20/1 surprise in the previous month’s Triumph Hurdle, Pentland Hills arrived at Aintree far more fancied this time around - though faced two creditable rivals in the form of the runaway Fred Winter winner Band of Outlaws and Fakir d’Oudairies, who had finished fourth against older rivals in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
It meant that Pentland Hills was sent off as the 11/4 third favourite, and although Band of Outlaws disappointed, he was made to work hard to see off the challenge of Fakir d’Oudairies, winning by a neck. Nicky Henderson will be hoping that Pentland Hills can make up into a top-level hurdler this year, and he could be back at Aintree in 2020.
The Anniversary Hurdle has a terrific history, with some top-class animals winning the juvenile contest each spring. It was a Grade 2 race until 2005 when it was upgraded to the highest level and often attracts the horses from the Triumph Hurdle with a number able to do the spring double.
Pentland Hills was the last horse to win at Cheltenham and Aintree in the same season in 2019 and we will be keeping a close eye on both races in 2020.
The juvenile division is a fantastic one to follow, and the stand-out winner of the Anniversary Hurdle in recent years is undoubtable Apple's Jade - who recorded one of the most visually taking victories in the race’s history in 2016, winning by an eye-watering 41 lengths. Other notable winners include Binocular, who won this in 2008 before going on to win the Champion Hurdle in 2010.
Who is the most iconic winner of the Anniversary 4 Year Old Hurdle?
Several iconic names have won this race over the years, though the most illustrious is perhaps the 2004 winner, Al Eile, who always saved his best form for Aintree. The John Queally-trained gelding was never able to show his ability at the Cheltenham Festival, but he made Aintree his own, winning this race and then going on to win the Aintree Hurdle three times - in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Are there any trial races for the Anniversary 4 Year Old Hurdle?
As a Grade 1 juvenile contest, the path to the Anniversary Hurdle is a straightforward one, and you can identify key contenders by keeping an eye on the key juvenile contests throughout the season. Runners regularly run at Cheltenham the month before heading here, in either the Triumph Hurdle, or the Fred Winter. Other races to note through the season include the Grade 1 juvenile contest at Chepstow on Welsh National day, the Victor Ludorum Hurdle at Haydock, the Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham and the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Who is the most successful jockey in the Anniversary 4 Year Old Hurdle?
AP McCoy and Robert Thornton were at the top of the sport for years and both picked up three wins in this race during their careers. McCoy won with Zabadi (1996), Hors La Loi III (1999) and Binocular (2008), while Thornton won with Katchit (2007), Walkon (2009) and Grumeti (2012).
Who is the most successful trainer in the Anniversary 4 Year Old Hurdle?
Alan King is known for his juvenile winners and he has picked up four wins in this famous Aintree contest to date. King tasted success with Katchit (2007), Walkon (2009), Grumeti (2012) and L'unique (2013).