Supreme Novices Hurdle

The opening race of the Festival. Here we highlight the essential trends you should be aware of when making your selections for the Supreme Novices hurdle.

A two mile race for novice hurdlers which often produces winners who continue to shine at the Festival in future years.

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Cheltenham 2013, Supreme Novices
Champagne Fever leads the field in the 2013 Supreme Novices

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Supreme Novices Hurdle Trends


10/10had won at least 50% of their hurdle starts
10/10 had run within the last 52 days
9/10were aged five or six
8/10 won last time out
7/10had previously contested a Graded race


Supreme Novices Hurdle Trends Analysis

Huge shocks are quite rare in this race with only the 40/1 Ebaziyan in 2007 apparently unfancied and he was trained by Willie Mullins!

Concentrate on five and six-year-olds as they have won all bar six of the renewals of this event since 1972!

The only recent exceptions to the age trend have both been owned by JP McManus so if your fancy is seven or older but owned by JP it might still have a chance.

Supreme Novices Hurdle Last Ten Winners

Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
YearHorseAgeTrainerJockeyPrice
2014Vautour5yoW MullinsR Walsh7/2JF
2013Champagne Fever6yoW MullinsR Walsh 5/1
2012Cinders And Ashes5yoD McCainJ Maguire10/1
2011Al Ferof5yoP NichollsR Walsh10/1
2010Menorah5yoP HobbsR Johnson12/1
2009Go Native6yoN MeadeP Carberry12/1
2008Captain Cee Bee7yoE HartyR Thornton17/2
2007Ebaziyan6yoW MullinsD Condon40/1
2006Noland5yoP NichollsR Walsh6/1
2005Arcalis5yoJ H JohnsonG Lee20/1


Supreme Novices Preview

This race has been one of the highlights of the Festival for Irish horses with ten of the last sixteen winners, so it could pay to focus any ante-post selection on the outcome of the main Irish novice hurdle trials.

The form of the previous season's Champion Bumper used to be a notoriously bad trial for the Supreme Novices but this seems to be changing with three of the last four Supreme winners previously running in the Champion Bumper.

Supreme Novices Tip

OLBG tipster Randy Rann fancies Nicky Henderson to get off to a perfect start:

"I think the weeks best bet could be in the very first race.

L'Ami Serge is a Grade 1 winner and despite the small field the Grade 1 Tolworth looks strong form.

Nicky Henderson's gelding beat good yardstick Killultagh Vic the time before and that line of form means he holds plenty of the Irish novices.

He likes soft ground but as is a King's Theatre out of a Phardante mare he might even improve for good ground. I fancy him strongly whether Willie Mullins sends Douvan for this or not.

L'Ami Serge has a massive chance as he looks a class act."

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