Fighting Fifth Hurdle Betting Odds Comparison - Newcastle

28/11/2020 15:00:00

The Fighting Fifth Hurdle is scheduled to take place on 28 November 2020, with the field looking really captivating as we count down to this two-mile extravaganza at Newcastle Racecourse, with this being a Grade 1 encounter that is sponsored by betfair.

This race forms the first leg of the Triple Crown of Hurdling, with the Fighting Fifth Hurdle being joined by the Christmas Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle, while it’s plausible that we might see the same horse land victory in all three races in 2020.

Can Epatante Land Victory in Fighting Fifth?

Epatante made history by landing victory in the 2020 Champion Hurdle this year and the mare will head to Newcastle Racecourse as the red-hot favourite to win the Fighting Fifth, with the six-year-old bidding to have the sort of season that could see her scoop victory in this race and then potentially have a tilt at the Christmas Hurdle before the big one at Cheltenham Racecourse.

A year ago, Epatante won a Listed Race at Newbury before truly announcing her credentials in the Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle and is now recognised as the current leading two-miler in the UK and Ireland, with Nicky Henderson hoping that his stable star obliges in the north-east in this race.

Goshen and Abacadabras Could Challenge Epatante

The 2020 Fighting Fifth Hurdle is going to be a spectacular race and we might see Goshen return to his best and challenge hard over two miles, with the Gary Moore-trained charge yet to rediscover his amazing form of last season which saw the horse sweep all before him before unseating his rider in the Triumph Hurdle when looking like an aeroplane.

Goshen fell short in a Haydock seasonal debut recently and let punters down when running at Goodwood and only finishing third when being sent off as even money favourite, with questions now whether the horse can reach the heights he set last season.

Abacadabras is a more reliable horse and finished second in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, while the Gordon Elliott-trained charge finished second to Aspire Tower at Down Royal before a win at Punchestown when beating favourite Saint Roi.

The History of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle

This is one of the leading hurdle races that take place throughout the National Hunt racing season, with Newcastle Racecourse hosting an event which has been in place since 1969, with this being a two-mile encounter where there are nine obstacles to be overcome and it’s always a fascinating renewal.

Buveur d'Air was the high-profile of the race in 2018 and 2019, with the Nicky Henderson horse having won the Champion Hurdle in 2017 and 2018, while Irving was also able to win the race in 2014 and 2016, with My Tent Or Yours grabbing the spoils in 2013.

Trainer Nicky Henderson has won the race on five occasions, with the above two horses obliging for him along with Landing Light and Punjabi, while Comedy of Errors and Birds Nest were successful with hat-tricks during the 1970’s.