Originally known as the Gloucestershire Hurdle, the Supreme Novices Hurdle is a Grade 1 national hunt race that takes place every year during the Cheltenham Festival. The race is open to horses over 4 years of age and sees the jockeys riding their horses to victory over a distance of 3,319 meters, with 8 hurdles. The opening day of Cheltenham Festival is when this sporting event takes place and is traditionally greeted with what’s known as the ‘Cheltenham Roar” from the crowds of punters in the stands.
Make a date in your diary because Tuesday March 14th 2017 is when this racing event is scheduled to take place. If you can’t make it to the race ground, tune into the action on ITV1 from 1.30pm.
Altior was the first past the post in the 2016 race with odds of 4/1. Min was favourite to win the race, but only managed second place with odds if 15/8. Last but not least was Buveur D’air at 10/1.
The last 16 winners of this much-loved racing event were;
- 2016: Altior
- 2015: Douvan
- 2014: Vautour
- 2013: Champagne Fever
- 2012: Cinders And Ashes
- 2011: Al Ferof
- 2010: Menorah
- 2009: Go Negative
- 2008: Captain Cee Bee
- 2007: Ebaziyan
- 2006: Noland
- 2005: Arcalis
- 2004: Brave Inva
- 2003: Back in Front
- 2002: Like-A-Butterfly
- 2000: Sausalito Bay
You may notice that there was no race in 2001, this was cancelled because of the foot and mouth crisis that was ravaging Great Britain.
If you are wondering which trainers, horses and jockeys have won the most times in the Supreme Novices hurdle event, there are no multiple horse winners to show as this race is purely for novices – but Ruby Walsh has managed to win the first prize on five different occasions;
- 2006 with Noland, 2011 with Al Ferof, 2013 with Champagne Fever, 2014 with Vautour and 2015 with Douvan.
The most victorious racehorse trainer in this event is Willie Mullins, the Irish man and former jockey from County Kilkenny, with the following 5 winning racehorses;
- Tourist Attraction in 1995, Ebaziyan in 2007, Champagne Fever in 2013, Vautour in 2014 and Douvan in 2015