Supreme Novices Hurdle

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RacecourseCheltenham, Old Course
Race DistanceApproximately 2m 1/2f
Entry ConditionsNovice horses aged 4 and over
Current SponsorSkyBet
Date & TimeDay 1 / Tuesday 16th March 2021 / 13:30
Leading JockeyRuby Walsh with 6 wins
Leading TrainerWillie Mullins with 6 wins

The Supreme Novices Hurdle is a race which takes place on the Old Course at the Cheltenham Festival. It is run over a distance of around 2 miles and 1/2 furlong, contains eight hurdles and is open to novice horses ages four and over. Novice horses in this category are those which have not won over hurdles prior to the start of the current season. The race is the first to take place each year at the Cheltenham Festival and kick-starts the four days of racing with the crowd performing the infamous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ which is an enormously loud cheer from Cheltenham spectators as the horses go off.

The Supreme Novices Hurdle dates back to 1946 and was originally called the Gloucestershire Hurdle. In 1974, Lloyds Bank sponsored the race and it was renamed the Lloyds Bank Champion Novices’ Hurdle. ‘Supreme’ was added to the name in 1978 when Waterford Crystal started to back the race and now the current sponsor precedes the name.

Supreme Novices Hurdle Past Winners

Year   Horse Age Price Trainer Jockey Distances
2020 1st Shishkin 6 6-1 NJ Henderson Nico de Boinville  
  2nd Abacadabras 6 11-4 G Elliott D N Russell  Head
  3rd Chantry House 6 9-4f N J Henderson B J Geraghty  11 lengths
2019 1st Klassical Dream 5 16-1 WP Millins Ruby Walsh  
  2nd Thomas Darby 6 20-1 Olly Murphy R Johnson  4 1/2 Lengths
  3rd Itchy Feet 5 80-1 Olly Murphy G Sheehan  Half a length
2018 1st Summerville Boy 6 7-1 T R George N D Fehily  
  2nd Kalashnikov 5 4-1 Amy Murphy Jack Quinlan Neck
  3rd Mengli Khan 5 10-1 G Elliott J W Kennedy 1 3/4 Lengths
2017 1st  Labaik 6 25-1 G Elliott J W Kennedy  
  2nd Melon 5 3-1 J W P Mullins Ruby Walsh 4 1/2 Lengths
  3rd River Wylde 6 8-1 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville 3 lengths
2016 1st  Altior 6 4-1 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville  
  2nd Min 5 15-8 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh 7 Lengths
  3rd Buveur D’Air 5 10-1 N J Henderson N D Fehily 1 1/2 Lengths
2015 1st  Douvan 5 2-1 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh  
  2nd Shaneshill 6 9-1 W P Mullins P Townend 4 1/2 Lengths
  3rd Sizing John 5 25-1 H De Bromhead J Burke 2 1/2 Lengths

Supreme Novices Hurdle Trends

  • 20 of the last 23 Supreme Novices Hurdle winners had won their last race
  • 14 of the last 15 Supreme Novices Hurdle winners were aged 5 or 6
  • 19 of the last 25 Supreme Novices Hurdle winners had ran in 45 days leading up to the race

Supreme Novices Hurdle Betting Offers

In the run-up and during the Cheltenham Festival, bookmakers run an increased amount of betting offers. With an estimated £500 million bet on Cheltenham each year, bookmakers are fighting for your business. This allows punters to take advantage of a number of Cheltenham offers such as free bets, money-back specials, extra places, best odds guaranteed, price boosts and much more. The majority of the big name bookmakers will be running offers for Cheltenham including William Hill, Betfair, Betfred and Bet365.

Below, you’ll find a list of Cheltenham betting offers which you’re likely to see available this year.

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Money Back if 2nd or 3rd to SP Favourite – Cheltenham

Get a refund as a free bet up to £20 if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd to the SP Favourite in ANY RACE at Cheltenham

Free Bet if your selection finishes 2nd or 3rd to the SP favourite at the Cheltenham Festival. 18+. UK/IRE customers only. Max refund £/€20. Win or win part of e/w outright singles only. Min field size required. 1st bet on each race. Free bet expires after 7 days. Applies to Ante Post bets placed from 3/3/2020. Free/void bets don't qualify. T&Cs apply.

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Bet £20 on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and get a £20 Free Bet

Available on the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Min €/£20 in EXC back bets on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle ‘Win’ market. EXCLUDES ANTEPOST BETS. Max €/£20 EXC mobile free bet, not valid on ‘E/W’ markets, awarded at bet settlement. E-wallet exclusions apply. T&Cs apply.

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You Win If Your Horse Finishes 2nd in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Available on the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

new customers only, min deposit £10 (UK Credit/Debit cards only) with bonus code 'SUPREME'. Max cash payout £500, within 24 hours of settlement, first qualifying bet only, max stake £20, min £10, T&C's apply

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Cheltenham Money Back if 2nd

Cash refund up to £10 if your horse finishes 2nd at Cheltenham

Money back credited as cash to £10 per race. First bet qualifies on the Race Winner market only. Min odds 3/1 and 4+ runners. Other terms and restrictions apply.

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Sky Bet Money Back If Loss Cheltenham

Get up to £10 cash refund if your first bet on the Supreme Novices' Hurdle loses

Get money back as CASH up to £10 if the horse you have backed does not win in the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

18+, max refund £10, first bet only, win singles or win part of each way singles, free bets and cashed out bets excluded, best odds guaranteed does not apply, eligibility restrictions apply, further T&C's apply,