THE FIGHTING FIFTH HURDLE IS A PATTERN TRIAL RACE FOR THE CHAMPION HURDLE AT CHELTENHAM
The Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle is one of the early season Champion Hurdle trials and we always see a strong field for this one with Cheltenham in the back of everyone's mind. It usually takes place at the back end of November and is often the the first race of the season for the potential Champion Hurdle runners giving punters a great chance to run the rule over them.
In recent years we have seen some top class winners of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle including Buveur D'Air in 2018, and Punjabi who won the race in 2008 before going onto win the Champion Hurdle in the same season.
Past Fighting Fifth Hurdle Winners And Their Cheltenham Performances In The Same Season
2018 - Buveur D'Air - Fell In the Champion Hurdle
2017 - Buveur D'Air - 1st in the Champion Hurdle
2016 - Irving - Did not run at Cheltenham
2015 - Identity Thief - 6th in the Champion Hurdle
2014 - Irving - Did not run at Cheltenham
2013 - My Tent Or Yours - 2nd in the Champion Hurdle
2012 - Countrywide Flame - 3rd in the Champion Hurdle
2011 - Overturn - 2nd in the Champion Hurdle
2010 - Peddlers Cross - 2nd in the Champion Hurdle