Supreme Novices Hurdle Race Card

Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

1st
Paul Townend

Appreciate It

Age: 7
Weight: 11.5
OR: 153
J:
 
Paul Townend
T:
 
W P Mullins
jumped well, travelled strongly, chased clear leader, steady headway and pressed leader before 3rd, led going easily 2 out, shaken up and went clear before last, 6 lengths ahead when left clear 15 lengths ahead last, pushed out, impressive
2nd
Jack Kennedy

Ballyadam

Age: 6
Weight: 11.5
OR: 148
J:
 
Jack Kennedy
T:
 
Henry De Bromhead
took keen hold, in touch with leaders, hit 4th, steady headway and tracked leaders 3 out, going easily when blundered and outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, rallied when left in second 15 lengths down last, soon switched left, kept on, no match for winner
3rd
Harry Bannister

For Pleasure

Age: 6
Weight: 11.5
OR: 144
J:
 
Harry Bannister
T:
 
Alex Hales
took keen hold, led, went clear after 1st, reduced lead before 3rd, headed and ridden 2 out, soon lost second and outpaced, ridden and held when left in third last
4th
Jonjo O'Neill Jr

Soaring Glory

Age: 6
Weight: 11.5
OR: 143
J:
 
Jonjo O'Neill Jr
T:
 
Jonjo O'Neill
took keen hold, raced wide, in touch with leaders, hit 2nd, shaken up and outpaced 3 out, pushed along and edged left just after 2 out, ridden and held when left in fourth last
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Opening race of Champions Day

The Supreme Novices Hurdle is the first race of the Cheltenham Festival. Because of this, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the race and it its traditionally met with the ‘Cheltenham Roar’, an echoing cheer from the crowd that signifies the start of the 4 day long festival.

The Supreme Novices Hurdle, formerly known as the ‘Gloucestershire Hurdle’, is run over a distance of around 2 miles and ½ Furlong. It’s only open to horses four years or older and features eight hurdles to be jumped throughout the race.

History of the Supreme Novices Hurdle

When the race was still named the Gloucestershire Hurdle it was split into two or three separate divisions meaning there could be more than one winner. Once such trainer who achieved great success in this race was Vincent O’Brien who managed to have an impressive 10 winners over an eight-year spell in the 50’s.

The race was renamed in 1974 to the Lloyds Bank Champion Hurdle after a sponsorship from the bank. The first time it was named the Supreme Novices Hurdle was in 1978 when it was sponsored by Waterford Crystal which continued throughout the 80’s until 1990.

The race is now currently Sponsored by the UK bookmaker Sky Bet. If you’re betting on the race, Sky Bet could be a good choice as they will more than likely doing some interesting offers and Price Boosts around the event and festival as a whole.

Recent years

In total there have been 40 winners since the race was renamed the Supreme Novices Hurdle. The most recent of which was Klassical Dream who made his way to the winners enclosure after comfortably pulling away from the competition in 2019. The horse was ridden and trained by the deadly duo of Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins, the pair have won the race together 4 out of the last 7 years.

Coincidently both Mullins and Walsh hold records in this race with 6 wins to their name each making them both leading trainer and jockey since 1972 when the race moved away from divisions. The horses they’ve won on include:

Ruby Walsh:

  • Noland (2006)
  • Al Ferof (2011)
  • Champagne Fever (2013)
  • Vautour (2014)
  • Douvan (2015)
  • Klassical Dream (2019)

Willie Mullins:

  • Tourist Attraction (1995)
  • Ebaziyan (2007)
  • Champagne Fever (2013)
  • Vautour (2014)
  • Douvan (2015)
  • Klassical Dream (2019)

A return from this pair at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival could be one to keep an eye out for in the opener.

Finding Tips for the Supreme Novices Hurdle

If you’re looking for our thoughts on who you should back at the Supreme Novice Hurdle take a look at our Day 1 Tips page to see everything we’re backing for this opening race at the Cheltenham Festival.

You can also see all of the latest odds for this race on our Supreme Novice Hurdle Odds page allowing you to see which bookmakers are offering the best price on each horse in the race.

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