2024 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Tips

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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 2024 renewal of this great race could produce another superstar.

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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2024 Betting Tips

You can find our final Supreme Novices' Hurdle tips here.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Date & Time 2023

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. In 2024 that falls on Tuesday March 12th and the official starting time is 1:30pm. 

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

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Supreme Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

DateTuesday March 12th, 2024
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 17 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
2023Marine Nationale
2022Constitution Hill
2021Appreciate It
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

When is the Supreme Novices Hurdle 2024?

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 2024 it takes place at 13:30 on Tuesday, 12th March.

What time is the Supreme Novices Hurdle?

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is due off at 13:30 GMT on Tuesday March 14th on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival.. 

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