Supreme Novices' Hurdle Tips

The first race of the Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle kicks off the festival in fine fashion and it’s greeted with the “Cheltenham Roar”. 

Starting the festival with a Grade One race is the perfect opener and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle has a history of producing both upset results and seeing some of the best future jumpers take flight.

Names such as Vautour, Douvan and Altior grace the past winners’ list, and the 2021 renewal of this great race could produce another superstar.

2021 Cheltenham Festival Day One Card

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2021 (Tuesday)

TimeTuesday RacesTips / 2020 ResultPlace Bet / Watch Replay
13:30Supreme Novices' HurdleWinner: Shiskin 6/1
14:10Arkle Challenge TrophyWinner: Put The Kettle On 16/1
14:50Ultima Handicap ChaseWinner: The Conditional 15/2
15:30Champion HurdleWinner: Epatante 2/1 Fav
16:10Mares' HurdleWinner: Honeysuckle 9/4
16:50Novices' Handicap ChaseWinner: Imperial Aura 4/1
17:30National Hunt ChaseWinner: Ravenhill 12/1

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2021 Betting Tips

Once the 2020/21 National Hunt racing season begins, we’ll have long-term ante-post tips for the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. As we get closer to the meeting, we’ll update our selections, before coming up with a final tip the day before the race.

2021 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds

Best Odds
Top Bookie
Ferny Hallow12/1bet365
Appreciate It16/1Ladbrokes
Flinteur Sacre20/1William Hill
Forged In Fire20/1Unibet
Malone Road25/1bet365
Farouk D'Alene25/1Unibet
Ballyadam25/1William Hill

Supreme Novices' Bookmakers & Free Bets

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Supreme Novices Hurdle Free Bets 2020

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Supreme Novices' Bookie Specials

The bookmakers will go all in to kickstart the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Have a look at all the enhanced odds and Supreme Novices Specials available with the top online bookies right now.

2020 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Result

Supreme Novices Hurdle 2020 Runners & Results

RunnerBest OddsPlace Bet
Winner: Shishkin6/1
2nd Place: Abacadabras11/4 2nd Fav
3rd Place: Chantry House15/2
Asterion Forlonge10/3
Captain Guinness14/1
Elixir DAinay20/1
Soviet Pimpernel40/1
William HillPaying 7 Places 1/5 odds

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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Date & Time 2021

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. In 2021 that falls on Tuesday March 16th, 2021 and the official starting time is 1:30pm. 

The Day 1 card also includes the Arkle ChaseChampion Hurdle and David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. 

Supreme Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

DateTuesday March 16th, 2021
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£125,000

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Winners

Irish-trained runners have dominated the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in recent years with 11 out of the last 16 winners coming from Ireland. 

Bookmakers have also had a good time of it lately, with only three favourites winning in the last 15 years.  

Horses aged six-years-old have won the last three editions of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the last four-year-old to win was Hors La Loi III in 1999.

Supreme Novices' Hurdle Winners
2019Klassical Dream
2018Summerville Boy
2013Champagne Fever
2012Cinders And Ashes
2011Al Ferof
2009Go Native
2008Captain Cee Bee
2004Brave Inca
2003Back In Front
2001no race
2000Sausalito Bay
1999Hors La Loi III
1998French Ballerina

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle History

Originally called the Gloucestershire Hurdle and run in two divisions, it was changed to the Champion Novices’ Hurdle in 1974 and now races under the title of Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. 

There are eight hurdles to jump for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runners and the shorter distances makes for an exciting contest and it gets the crowd fired up.

The “Cheltenham Roar” is a special attribute for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and it’s what makes the race a great way to open the Cheltenham Festival.

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was dominated in the early stages by Vincent O’Brien, who trained an incredible 10 winners during a 15-year period. That included eight wins in nine years with only the Fred Rimell-trained Tokoroa getting in the way of nine-straight victories. 

In more recent times, Willie Mullins has been the most successful trainer with five victories, including three in a row from 2013-2015.

Probably the most famous wins in recent times, Mullins lined up the likes of Champagne Fever, Vautour and the well-backed Douvan.

Champion jockey Ruby Walsh has five wins to his name and most notably scoring three straight wins for Willie Mullins. 

In 2020, Sishkin claimed the top prize, powering home and holding off Abacadabras to hand Nicky Henderson his fourth victory in this great race.

Supreme Novices Hurdle FAQs

Who won the 2020 Supreme Novices Hurdle?

Shishkin, trained by Nicky Henderson, beat the pack to win ahead of Abacadabras in second via a photo finish. The six-year-old, ridden by Nico de Boinville, edged his duel with Abacadabras after the last in an eventful edition of the novices' extended two-mile championship.

When is the Supreme Novices Hurdle 2021?

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is the opening race of the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. In 2021 it takes place at 13:30 on Tuesday, 16th March 2021.

Who won the 2019 Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

Klassical Dream won the Festival curtain-raiser in 2019, making Willie Mullins the most successful trainer in the Supreme Novices Hurdle.

What time is the Supreme Novices Hurdle?

The 2021 Supreme Novices' Hurdle is due off at 13:30 GMT on Tuesday March 16th 2021 on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival.. 

Who will win the 2021 Supreme Novices Hurdle? 

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