Supreme Novices' Hurdle Tips & Picks

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. 

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Supreme Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

DateTuesday March 11, 2020
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£125,000

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Date & Time 2020

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 11, 2020 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 2020 Betting Tips

2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds, barrier draw and field

1Al Dancer4.80
2Angels Breath5.00
4Beaufort West81.00
5Brandon Castle21.00
6No Runner
7Felix Desjy21.00
8Grand Sancy13.00
9Itchy Feet26.00
10Klassical Dream4.80
11Mister Fisher12.00
12Normal Norman81.00
13The Big Bite21.00
14The Flying Sofa81.00
15Thomas Darby21.00
16Tokay Dokey51.00
17Vision D'Honneur9.50
18Fakir D'Oudaires6.50

2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle field

The field hasn’t been confirmed but we will post an updated 2020 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.

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. 

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.