The Fighting Fifth is a Grade 1 Hurdle contest, run at Newcastle over a distance of slightly more than two miles. With nine hurdles to jump, it is also the first leg of the Hurdling Triple Crown.
The event was established back in 1969, and has been won by a number of classy hurdles of yesteryear. The title of the race refers to the "Fighting Fifth", the nickname of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.
It was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2004 after being known as a limited Handicap before being a Grade 2, and it is now the first top-grade hurdle race of the British National Hunt season.
Last year, the race was taken by the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D'Air, who is now a dual winner of the Champion Hurdle, and goes back to Newcastle to retain his title, from two of the finest young guns around, in Samcro and Summerville Boy.