The traditional curtain-raiser of the Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is one of the biggest betting events of the entire week, with punters understandably keen to get off to a flying start, and as a result the market regularly changes throughout the season. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on horseracing.net for expert views and analysis on the 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle as the picture becomes clearer.
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What is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the traditional curtain-raiser of the Cheltenham Festival, held on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival in March, known as Champion Tuesday. The race, a Grade 1 contest over two miles and 87 yards, has been won by some legendary names over the years, including Flyingbolt, L’Escargot, Sprinter Sacre and Altior.
What happened in the 2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?
Willie Mullins has a stunning recent record in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, winning it three times on the trot between 2013-2015, though he arrived for this year’s race having been thwarted in each of the last three renewals. The 2019 Supreme was an open one on paper, and rather unusually, the division was lacking a stand-out star coming into the race. As such, punters struggled to latch on to a particular horse, meaning that Fakir D’Oudairies and Al Dancer were sent off as the 9/2 joint-favourites. However, there was a significant amount of money for Mullins’ representative, Klassical Dream, who picked up the lead midway through the race and powered clear to win by four and a half lengths.
The Supreme Hurdle was originally known as the Gloucestershire Hurdle, and would be split into either two or three divisions for the first 25 years or so of its lifespan. The legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien dominated the race during this period, winning on ten occasions during the 1950s. The race began being known as the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 1978, when Waterford Crystal began to sponsor it. The race has had several different sponsors since, and is currently supported by Sky Bet. A host of Supreme winners have gone on to taste further success at the Cheltenham Festival, including the 2016 winner Altior, who has won the 2017 Arkle Trophy and the 2018 and 2019 renewals of the Champion Chase since.
Who is the most iconic winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?
There are plenty of Supreme winners who have gone on to bigger and better things, but perhaps none more so than Altior, who has won at the Cheltenham Festival on three occasions since claiming victory in the 2016 renewal of the race. Having made three starts in bumpers, Altior has well and truly come into his own over obstacles, and has yet to suffer a defeat over them, winning 19 races and counting. He has picked up four festival wins in that time, with the first coming in the 2016 Supreme, before winning the 2017 Arkle Trophy and the 2018 and 2019 renewals of the Champion Chase. Plenty of racing fans and pundits have expressed a strong desire for Altior to step up to three miles and have a crack at the 2019 King George VI Chase at Kempton, though whether connections decide to do so in the 2019/20 season remains to be seen.
Are there any trials for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?
There are several races to note in terms of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle throughout the season, with the most significant being the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown and the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. Other races to note include the Sharp Novices’ Hurdle and the National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (both at Cheltenham), the Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle (Ascot), the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Kempton), the Supreme Trial (Haydock), the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Cheltenham) and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Trial (Kempton). Over in Ireland, it could be worth keeping an eye on the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse, and the Future Champions Novice Hurdle and the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, which are both at Leopardstown.
Who is the most successful jockey in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?
The most successful jockey in the history of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is Ruby Walsh, who has six wins. Walsh’s six Supreme wins have come on board Noland (2006), Al Ferof (2011), Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014), Douvan (2015) and Klassical Dream (2019).
Who is the most successful trainer in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?
The most successful trainer in the history of the Champion Hurdle is Willie Mullins, who has six wins to his name. Willie Mullins’ six Supreme Novices’ Hurdle wins have come courtesy of Tourist Attraction (1995), Ebaziyan (2007), Champagne Fever (2013) Vautour (2014), Douvan (2015 and Klassical Dream (2019).