Equine welfare is a major concern within the racing industry. A large proportion of fatalities (50-60%) are the result of falls at fences (Pinchbeck, et al., 2004). Various authors have reported factors affecting fall rates both within steeplechase and hurdle races these include; race length, race speed, ground conditions (the going), the horses Timeform rating, previous history, race progression and whip use (Pinchbeck, et al., 2003; Pinchbeck, et al., 2004). At present there have been few studies carried out investigating the effects of gender on the risk of falling in hurdle racing. This study undertook an investigation of fall rates for hurdlers running during the 2004/05 National Hunt season, discriminating via gender.