89th Annual Radnor Hunt Races Guide

The 2019 event will occur on Saturday, May 18 in Malvern, Pa.



Noon-2 p.m.

  • Picnic Tailgate Competition Theme: Old McDonald had a …


Photo by Jim Graham

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1 p.m.

  • Special Presentation: Mounted Color Guard of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry
  • National Anthem: Orpheus Club of Philadelphia


1:30 p.m.

  • Milfern Cup


2:05 p.m.

  • Thompson Memorial Steeplechase


2:20 p.m.

  • Carriage Parade


3:05 p.m.

  • Radnor Hunt Cup


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3:15 p.m.

  • Parade of the Radnor Hunt Foxhounds


3:55 p.m.

  • National Hunt Cup


4:30 p.m.

  • James M. Moran, Jr. Steeplechase


5:05 p.m.

  • Henry Collins Steeplechase


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5:30 p.m.

  • Preakness coverage begins


Photo by Jim Graham



Run in memory of George Strawbridge Sr., the Radnor Hunt Cup is a 3.25-mile timber race for 4-year-olds and up. The purse for the race is $30,000, thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Owen Jr., Mr. George Strawbridge Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Wister.

The 2018 Radnor Hunt Cup winner, Top Man Michael (IRE), is owned by Irvin Naylor and trained by Cyril Murphy. Darren Nagle was the jockey. Naylor was presented with the Radnor Hunt Cup and a Challenge Cup in memory of John Strawbridge Jr. The race was presented by the Bellevue.

Run in memory of Mrs. William Coxe Wright, the National Hunt Cup is a 2.375- hurdle handicap race for 4-year-olds and up. The purse is $50,000, generously donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Colket, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duprey, Mr. and Mrs. N. Peter Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs.
S. Matthew V. Hamilton Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. David L. Hain. The 2018 National Hunt Cup winner, Surprising Soul, is owned by Wendy Hendriks and trained by Ricky Hendriks. Ross Geraghty was the jockey. Wendy Hendriks was presented with the Third National Hunt Cup. The race was presented by BNY MellonWealth Management.


Brandywine Conservancy’s Laurels Preserve.//chuck bowers



Celebrating 89 wonderful years in 2019, the Radnor Hunt Races are built on many traditions­—thoroughbred horses at the peak of athleticism, beautiful horse-drawn carriages, dramatic flowered hats, and families cheering along the rail. Above all else is the legacy of protecting the stunning open spaces that make the Brandywine Valley such a beautiful place to call home.

Over the last 40 years, the Radnor Hunt Races has benefited the Brandywine Conservancy, whose work over the past 50 years has focused on protecting water and preserving the breathtaking landscapes, rich history and active farmland surrounding the Brandywine Creek. With the help of the races and many likeminded partners, the Conservancy has protected over 65,000 acres of open space and continues to improve and safeguard water quality along the Brandywine Creek—starting at its source in Honey Brook, Pa., and traveling downstream to provide clean drinking water for over half a million residents in Wilmington, Del.

The Conservancy works closely with private landowners who wish to see their lands protected forever. It also provides innovative land use and environmental planning services to municipalities and other governmental agencies.

A very special thanks to BNY Mellon, presenting sponsor, for 35 years of support.

826 Providence Road, Malvern, Pa., brandywine.org/conservancy/events/radnor-hunt-races

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