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2025 SUPREME NOVICES'

ODDS & RUNNERS

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt race at Cheltenham. It is run on the Old Course over a distance of 2 miles and 110 yards (3,319 metres) with 8 hurdles to be jumped. It will take place on Tuesday 11th March 2025 | Time: 13:30.

Odds Provided by Betfred - Updated 17/05/2024

8/1

Jasmin De Vaux

10/1

Redemption Day

12/1

Romeo Coolio

14/1

Salvator Mundi

16/1

Jeroboam Machin

16/1

Jalon D'oudairies

25/1

The Yellow Clay

25/1

A Dream To Share

25/1

William Munny

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SUPREME NOVICES'

RACE GUIDE

The Supreme Novices Hurdle is the first race of the Cheltenham Festival. This race is famous for the ‘Cheltenham Roar', a loud cheer that can be heard as the horses get on their way to start off the festival.

The race is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race. Novice hurdlers that are aged four years or older can compete in the race. It is a 2 mile and 1/2 furlong race along the Old Course and has eight hurdles.

The race was first run in 1946 and the winner was Prince Rupert. Originally the race was called the Gloucestershire Hurdle and it had two or three separate divisions within it. As a result Irish trainer, Vincent O'Brien trained ten winners over eight years in the 1950s. The division format of the race stopped in 1972 and since then it has been run as one race.

The Supreme Novices Hurdle was originally known as the Lloyds Bank Champion Novices' Hurdle from 1974. Waterford Crystal took over sponsorship in 1978 and changed it to its current name. Since then the race has had many sponsors but the name hasn't changed. Currently, Sky Bet sponsors it.

PRIZE MONEY

This race is one of the lowest in terms of prize money for the festival's big races. Willie Mullins won his first Supreme Novices Hurdle in 1995 with Tourist Attraction.

For that he earned £35,850, which given it was more than 25 years ago isn't a massive difference between 2021's winning money. The horse was a huge 25/1 winner, winning the race by two lengths.

Ruby Walsh's first winner in the Supreme Novices Hurdle came in 2006 on Noland. The horse was priced at 6/1 and won the race by a neck. For winning the race they received £57,020.

In 2019 the total purse for the race was £125,000 with £71,187 going to the winner Klassical Dream. He went off at odds of 6/1 beating the 9/2 favourites Fakir D'oudiries and Al Dancer. The win gave both Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins their sixth wins in the race.

The prize fund didn't change in 2020 when Shishkin won the race for jockey Nico De Boinville and trainer Nicky Henderson.

In 2021 however, the prize fund dropped to £93,750 as the Festival was held behind closed doors with no fans allowed. The lack of ticket sales meant prize money was dropped. The 2021 winner was Appreciate It from trainer Willie Mullins, giving him his seventh win in the race.

Nicky Henderson scored again in 2022 when Constitution Hill bagged the first win of the festival for jockey Nico De Boinville. With the prize pot restored, the overall fund was worth £135,000 with Henderson's camp taking £75,965 of it.

The prize fund remained the same for the 2023 renewal when trainer Barry Connell bagged a win with his charge, Marine Nationale, ridden by jockey Michael O'Sullivan.

FAMOUS WINNERS

The winner of the 1968 race was L'Escargot who went on to win the Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971. L'Escargot in the only horse in Supreme Novices' history to win it and then go on to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup.

More recently there has been Douvan who won the race in 2015 when ridden by Ruby Walsh. At the age of five he won the Supreme Novices Hurdle as the 2/1 favourite. Douvan then went on to win another Cheltenham Festival race in the Arkle Chase. He has since tried his luck at the Queen Mother Champion Chase twice but was a faller in 2018.

The most well known winner though to current racing fans and punters will be Altior. He has won at the Cheltenham Festival in each of his four visits. Altior won this race race in his Cheltenham debut in 2016 with Nico de Boinville on board. He then went on to win the Arkle Challenge Trophy and then twice the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Shishkin won this race in 2020 and then went on to win the Arkle in 2021. Nicky Henderson continued his winning ways in the race, taking the trophy with Constitution Hill in 2022.

Constitution Hill then went on to win the Champion Hurdle in 2023.

SUPREME NOVICES' RECORDS

Horses use this race as a stepping stone to go on and establish themselves in subsequent Cheltenham festivals. As it is a Novice race, horses cannot return to the race once winning it.

The leading jockey however in Ruby Walsh. He has six wins in the race spanning over 13 years. His first came on Noland in 2006 and his last was on Klassical Dream in 2019.

The trainer of Klassical Dream, Willie Mullins is also the leading trainer for this race. His win in 2021 with Appreciate It took his tally to seven wins in the Supreme Novices Hurdle.

His first winner was tourist attraction way back in 1995. He had to wait 12 years though for his next one which was Ebaziyan in 2007. He has also won with Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014), Douvan (2015,) Klassical Dream (2019), and Appreciate It (2021).

SUPREME NOVICES'

COURSE

CHELTENHAM DAY ONE

RACE SCHEDULE

Time Race Distance Type
13:30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race 2m abt ½f Hurdle
14:10 Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase abt 2m Chase
14:50 Ultima Handicap Chase 3m abt 1f Chase
15:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m abt ½f Hurdle
16:10 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle 2m abt 4f Hurdle
16:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Abt 2m ½f Hurdle
17:30 National Hunt Challenge Cup 3m 6f Chase

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