2019 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Date: Tuesday March 12, 2019 
Track: Cheltenham 
Distance: 3,298m 
Status: Grade 1 
Prize Money: £125,000 
Age: 4YO+ 

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 1 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 it’s only going to be more impressive with time. 

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Date & Time 2019


The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 12, 2019 and the official starting time is 1:30pm. 

The Day 1 card also includes the Arkle Chase, Champion Hurdle and David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. 

2:10 – Arkle Chase 
2:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase 
3:30 – Champion Hurdle 
4:50 – National Hunt Chase Cup 
5:30 – Close Brothers Novices Chase

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2019 Betting Tips



2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds


Always a race that can produce upset winners, bookmakers are careful to install a hot favourite. Punters won’t often see a runner at short odds for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and that’s the case in 2019. 

With only one runner currently quoted at single-figure odds, bettors are getting great value for any selected runner. 

Below are the top 20 runners in the market. 

  • Angels Breath – 7.00 
  • Vision D’honneur - 11.00 
  • Al Dancer – 13.00 
  • Elixir De Nutz – 13.00 
  • Battleoverdoyen – 13.00 
  • Champ – 13.00 
  • Mister Fisher – 15.00 
  • Quick Grabim – 15.00 
  • Champagne Platinum – 15.00 
  • Annamix – 17.00 
  • Aramon – 17.00 
  • Sir Erec – 17.00 
  • Felix Desjy - 21.00 
  • Eldorado Allen – 21.00 
  • Getaway Trump – 21.00 
  • Danny Kirwan – 23.00 
  • Tintangle – 23.00 
  • Relegate – 26.00 
  • Tornado Flyer – 26.00 
  • Commander of Fleet – 26.00

2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle field


The field hasn’t been confirmed but we will post an updated 2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle field when it is released. 

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.

Year
Winner
2018Summerville Boy
2017Labaik
2016Altior
2015Douvan
2014Vautour
2013Champagne Fever
2012Cinders And Ashes
2011Al Ferof
2010Menorah
2009Go Native
2008Captain Cee Bee
2007Ebaziyan
2006Noland
2005Arcalis
2004Brave Inca
2003Back In Front
2002Like-A-Butterfly
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. 

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. 

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.

2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle replay


The 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was taken out by Summerville Boy for trainer Tom George and jockey Noel Fehily. 

See below for the 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle replay.