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Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2021 Racecard

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which takes place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March. Open to horses aged four years or older who are novices (meaning they hadn’t won a race over hurdles prior to that season), the Supreme Novices' Hurdle is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about two miles and half a furlong (2 miles and 87 yards), with eight hurdles to be jumped.

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1:20 Tue 16 Mar SUPREME NOVICES' HURDLE

Distance: 16f 87y Age: 4yo + Prize: £93,750

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
32-631
jockey silks 1. ALKO ROUGE (FR)
T: T. Gibney, Ireland
7
11-7
32-631
2
112
jockey silks 2. ANY NEWS (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
6
11-7
112
3
3112-111
jockey silks 3. APPRECIATE IT (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-7
3112-111
4
6-11
jockey silks 4. ATHOLL STREET (IRE)
T: Paul Nicholls
6
11-7
6-11
5
31-1142
jockey silks 5. BALLYADAM (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-7
31-1142
6
111
jockey silks 6. BAREBACK JACK (IRE)
T: Donald McCain
5
11-7
111
7
14U7-1114
jockey silks 7. BENSON
T: Dr Richard Newland
6
11-7
14U7-1114
8
123
jockey silks 8. BLUE LORD (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-7
123
9
1-211
jockey silks 9. BOB OLINGER (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-7
1-211
10
32-2110
jockey silks 10. CADZAND (IRE)
T: Dan Skelton
6
11-7
32-2110
11
2132
jockey silks 11. CHAMPAGNE GOLD (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-7
2132
12
52-1124
jockey silks 12. DO YOUR JOB (IRE)
T: Michael Scudamore
7
11-7
52-1124
13
0880-1111
jockey silks 13. DREAL DEAL (IRE)
T: Ronan M. P. McNally, Ireland
6
11-7
0880-1111
14
511-32112
jockey silks 14. FIFTY BALL (FR)
T: Gary Moore
6
11-7
511-32112
15
3-3111410
jockey silks 15. FOR PLEASURE (IRE)
T: Alex Hales
6
11-7
3-3111410
16
12P6
jockey silks 16. GALOPIN DES CHAMPS (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
12P6
17
1-125
jockey silks 17. GANAPATHI (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
1-125
18
135
jockey silks 18. GIPSY DE CHOISEL (FR)
T: Nicky Henderson
5
11-7
135
19
2411
jockey silks 19. GOWEL ROAD (IRE)
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
5
11-7
2411
20
22-259
jockey silks 20. GREAT BEAR
T: T. Gibney, Ireland
5
11-7
22-259
21
3/69-25111
jockey silks 21. GRUMPY CHARLEY
T: Chris Honour
6
11-7
3/69-25111
22
2-14116
jockey silks 22. GUARD YOUR DREAMS
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
5
11-7
2-14116
23
125
jockey silks 23. IRASCIBLE (FR)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-7
125
24
11
jockey silks 24. JUNGLE BOOGIE (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-7
11
25
1-13
jockey silks 25. KESKONRISK (FR)
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
11-7
1-13
26
41
jockey silks 26. M C MULDOON (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-7
41
27
111
jockey silks 27. METIER (IRE)
T: Harry Fry
5
11-7
111
28
3
jockey silks 28. MICRO MANAGE (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
3
29
56
jockey silks 29. NUMBERS MAN (IRE)
T: Colin Tizzard
5
11-7
56
30
U32F-F10
jockey silks 30. ON TO VICTORY
T: Alan King
7
11-7
U32F-F10
31
232-3
jockey silks 31. PIPESMOKER (FR)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
11-7
232-3
32
13
jockey silks 32. QUALISMART (FR)
T: Harry Whittington
5
11-7
13
33
22-313
jockey silks 33. RAF TAVEL (FR)
T: Ben Pauling
5
11-7
22-313
34
jockey silks 34. RAYAPOUR (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
35
52F
jockey silks 35. ROBIN'S DREAM
T: Gary Moore
5
11-7
52F
36
F220-1428
jockey silks 36. SHAKEM UP'ARRY (IRE)
T: Ben Pauling
7
11-7
F220-1428
37
112-12F31
jockey silks 37. SOARING GLORY (IRE)
T: Jonjo O'Neill
6
11-7
112-12F31
38
2-112
jockey silks 38. SOLWARA ONE (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
7
11-7
2-112
39
1/57-21112
jockey silks 39. STONER'S CHOICE
T: Fergal O'Brien
6
11-7
1/57-21112
40
1-1511
jockey silks 40. THEDEVILSCOACHMAN (IRE)
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
5
11-7
1-1511
41
114-11214
jockey silks 41. THIRD TIME LUCKI (IRE)
T: Dan Skelton
6
11-7
114-11214
42
342-121
jockey silks 42. WITNESS PROTECTION (IRE)
T: Martin Keighley
8
11-7
342-121
43
1
jockey silks 43. HAUT EN COULEURS (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
4
11-0
1
44
424
jockey silks 44. MIGHTY BLUE (FR)
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
5
11-0
424
45
11
jockey silks 45. TEAHUPOO (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
4
11-0
11

Betting Forecast : Betting forecast will appear here when available.

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The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is the first event on the opening day of the Festival, and its start is traditionally greeted by the ‘Cheltenham Roar’, a loud cheer from the crowd as the runners are sent on their way by the race starter.

First run in 1946, the race was known as the Gloucestershire Hurdle until 1974 and used to be split into more than one division due to the number of horses trying to win the race. As a result, the great Vincent O’Brien was able to record 10 victories in the race in an eight-year period during the 1950s.

Past Supreme Novices' Hurdle winners have usually ended up as top hurdlers, including Bula (1970) and Golden Cygnet (1978), while the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner L’Escargot (1968) also won the race.

The best Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winners since the turn of the century include the 2004 victor Brave Inca , who went on to win the Champion Hurdle two years later. Captain Cee Bee beat the fellow J.P. McManus-owned Binocular in a thrilling finish, while future Champion Chase hero Sprinter Sacre was only third to Al Ferof in 2011.

Sprinter Sacre was trained by Nicky Henderson , and the Lambourn trainer saddled the first and third in 2016 with Altior and Buveur d’Air split by the Willie Mullins ace Min.

Labaik won the following year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with Summerville Boy getting the better of Kalashnikov in the 2018 renewal.

In terms of Timeform ratings, the best Supreme Novices’ Hurdle performances have been produced by Irish horses. Champagne Fever produced the best winning performance this century until the emphatic 2015 success of his stablemate Douvan .

The most successful Supreme Novices' Hurdle trainer in recent times is Willie Mullins, who has won it six times, with: Tourist Attraction (1995), Ebaziyan (2007), Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014), Douvan (2015) and Klassical Dream (2019).

The most successful Supreme Novices' Hurdle jockey in recent times is Ruby Walsh, who has won it six times, with: Noland (2006), Al Ferof (2011), Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014), Douvan (2015) and Klassical Dream (2019).

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Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

2 miles and 87 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

8

What day of the festival is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

Day 1

What time is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

13:30

What weights are carried for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

10 st 13 lb (4-year-olds). 11 st 7 lb (5-year-olds +). 7 lb allowance for fillies and mares.

What is the purse for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

£125,000 (2018)

Who is the leading jockey in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle*?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle*?

Willie Mullins

Who won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

You can check out our Supreme Novices' Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

Click the link to visit our Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1972

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