The Bristol Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 2 hurdle contest, run on the New Course at Cheltenham, over a distance of about 3 miles. During its running, there are twelve hurdles to be jumped, and it is open strictly to novices.
The event was extended from 2 miles and 4½ furlongs to its present distance in 1994, and at the same time it was given Grade 2 status.
It has been sponsored by Albert Bartlett since 2007, who also sponsor the corresponding race at the Cheltenham Festival in March – won last year by Kilbricken Storm, who initially landed this race twelve months ago.
Let’s look at some common trends of previous winners.