The Long Distance Hurdle is a Grade 2 race at Newbury that allows horses of at least four years old to enter. It is three miles in length, with a dozen hurdles to be overcome in total. It usually takes place towards the end of November or the start of December and has been taking place since 1990. Big Buck’s was victorious in this race in four consecutive years from 2009 until 2012.
Horses that can set a strong pace and maintain that consistency throughout the race are preferred. Strong gallopers are key, with the surface of the track being very good year-round.
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