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.
Champagne Fever leads the field in the 2013 Supreme Novices
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Supreme Novices Hurdle Trends
|10/10||had won at least 50% of their hurdle starts|
|10/10|| had run within the last 52 days|
|9/10||were aged five or six|
|8/10|| won last time out|
|7/10||had previously contested a Graded race|
Supreme Novices Hurdle Trends Analysis
The Supreme Novices is a great race to get involved in from an ante-post perspective and with the exception of Ebaziyan in 2007 shocks have been fairly rare recently in this race.
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).
|2014||Vautour||5yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||7/2JF|
|2013||Champagne Fever||6yo||W Mullins||R Walsh|
|2012||Cinders And Ashes||5yo||D McCain||J Maguire||10/1|
|2011||Al Ferof||5yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||10/1|
|2010||Menorah||5yo||P Hobbs||R Johnson||12/1|
|2009||Go Native||6yo||N Meade||P Carberry||12/1|
|2008||Captain Cee Bee||7yo||E Harty||R Thornton||17/2|
|2007||Ebaziyan||6yo||W Mullins||D Condon||40/1|
|2006||Noland||5yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||6/1|
|2005||Arcalis||5yo||J H Johnson||G Lee||20/1|
Supreme Novices Preview
This race has been one of the highlights of the Festival for Irish horses with twelve of the last twenty-two winners, so it could pay to focus any ante-post selection on the outcome of the main Irish novice hurdle trials: the Paddy Power
Future Champion Novice, The Deloitte and The Royal Bond.
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 the last three Supreme winners previously running in the Champion Bumper.
Supreme Novices Tip
A tip for this race will be added later in the season.