Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the event that gets the Cheltenham Festival underway each year, prompting the first famous ‘Cheltenham roar’ of the festival.
Run over the Old Course of just over two miles, this event is the earliest opportunity for bettors to begin their yearly battle to win money from the bookmakers.
Aimed at horses aged four and over, this event has acted as an early showcase for many later winners of other events at the Festival for more experienced horses.
The 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is set up for a spectacular battle between two horses in particular – Getabird and Samcro.
That duel – and the race itself – kicks off Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival at 1:30pm on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018.
History of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle began life as the Gloucestershire Hurdle and was originally split into two (or occasionally three) separate divisions.
In 1974 sponsorship changed the name of the race to the Lloyd’s Bank Champion Novices’ Hurdle. Shortly after this Waterford Crystal began to act as sponsors, and the current name (Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle) was born when Sky Bet took over.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Trends
- Only two favourites have won in the last 12 renewals.
- 10 Favourites and joint-favourites have won in the previous 45 renewals.
- Ireland have won 12 of the last 20 renewals.
- Willie Mullins has won three of the last five, with two runners-up.
- Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey since 1972 with 5 winners.
- Longest priced winner: Arctic Kinsman, 1994 (50/1).
- Shortest priced winners: Tsaoko, 1950 / Flyingbolt, 1964 (4/9).
- Cheltenham Gold Cup winner: L’Escargot won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 1968 before going on to take the Cheltenham Gold Cup in both 1970 and 1971.
- The number of hurdles: eight.
- Course distance: 2m, 87 yards.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is one of the most prestigious and respected events for novices. Prize money for the 2018 renewal is now up to £125,000 – an increase of £5,000 from last year’s race.
While the event is particularly testing for young, inexperienced horses, it is also viewed as highly significant in terms of gaining racing experience.
Over the past decade, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle has been dominated by jockey Ruby Walsh, who has managed to ride five of the ten winners home. The last ten winners are as follows:
- 2006: Noland – Ruby Walsh
- 2007: Ebaziyan – Davy Condon
- 2008: Captain Cee Bee – Robert Thornton
- 2009: Go Native – Paul Carberry
- 2010: Menorah – Richard Johnson
- 2011: Al Ferof – Ruby Walsh
- 2012: Cinders and Ashes – Jason Maguire
- 2013: Champagne Fever – Ruby Walsh
- 2014: Vautour – Ruby Walsh
- 2015: Douvan – Ruby Walsh
- 2016: Altior – Nico de Boinville
- 2017: Labaik – Jack Kennedy
You can find all your 2018 Cheltenham Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds here: https://sports.ladbrokes.com/en-gb/betting/horse-racing/horse-racing-live/cheltenham/supreme-novices-hurdle/225656101/
The first race of the Cheltenham Festival sets the standard for thrills and excitement, showcasing some of the most promising young talents in horse racing and kicking the whole event off in style.