Without a shadow of a doubt, the Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season. The roar ahead of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the opening day of the Festival is iconic and exciting is growing ahead of the 2020 meeting at Prestbury Park.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle kicks things off and it is usually one of the biggest horse racing betting events at the Festival. Scroll down to find out our Supreme Novices’ Hurdle pointers ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Trends & Statistics
As with every race, there are a number of trends and statistics that punters can use to make their Cheltenham Festival picks. Here are our favourite Supreme Novices’ Hurdle trends:
- 20/20 had made between two and five starts that season.
- 19/20 had made between two and five starts over hurdles.
- 18 of the 20 winners had contested a Class 1.
- 18/20 winners had won a Class 2 race prior to the Cheltenham Festival.
- 17 of the last 20 winners were either five or six years old.
- 17/20 winners had won between two and five times.
- 17 of the 20 winners had won last time out.
- 16 of the last 20 winners have been shorter than 12/1 in the betting.
- 15/20 winners had made between five and nine career starts.
- 0/13 horses to wear blinkers have won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Top Trainers For The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Willie Mullins has trained four of the last seven Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winners, including last year’s winner Klassical Dream. In total, Mullins has trained the Supreme winner on six separation occasions.
Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson’s runners usually run well in this race, with nine of his 19 horses finishing in the places in the last 10 renewals. Make sure to follow the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle declarations ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, as well as those for the Arkle Challenge Trophy.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Prize Money For 2020
The total prize money on offer for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival was £125,000. We are still waiting for official confirmation of prize money ahead of the 2020 meeting.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Trial Races To Follow
The Supreme trial at Cheltenham’s November Meeting is a race that is worth taking note of. While 2018 winner Quel Destin could only manage fifth in the Triumph Hurdle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, course and distance form is obviously a major plus for any horse who wins that trial race.
The Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown has been a successful trial race over the last 20 years, with five Supreme winners also lining up in that Irish race in February. Klassical Dream is just one of those to have won the Deloitte before going on to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – this is a race you won’t want to miss.
Last but not least, the novice hurdle at Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle meeting in February is also worth following. This has been the best British trial race for the Supreme over the years, with three winners going on to win the Festival’s curtain raiser. Unfortunately, this race was cancelled in 2019 due to the equine flu outbreak.
2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Betting
The clock is ticking and the 2020 Cheltenham Festival is edging closer. Here are the latest Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds available with 888sport:
- Abacadabras – 7/2
- Envoi Allen – 7/2
- Master Debonair – 12/1
- Easywork – 14/1
- Chantry House – 16/1
- Unexcepted – 16/1
- Hang In There – 20/1
- Bar – 25/1
Cheltenham Festival 2020: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market is turbulent at the best of times but ante post punters can find betting odds with 888sport ahead of March 2020.
Our horse racing experts will be giving their Cheltenham Festival tips in the build-up to this year’s meeting and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is likely to be high on the agenda.
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