Challow Novices Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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Contested over a distance of 2m4½f is the Challow Novices Hurdle which is scheduled to take place at Newbury. Below we have detailed past winners along with both trainer and jockey records in the race and see which trends have been set based on past winners of the Challow Novices Hurdle.

Challow Novices Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Challow Novices Hurdle Preview

Scheduled to take place in late December of each year at the Newbury racecourse is the Challow Novices Hurdle, a Grade 1 race run over a distance of two miles, four and a half furlongs during which a total of ten hurdles will be faced.

The race has been a springboard for many good types with the likes of Bindaree, Denman and Wichita Lineman all winning this race early in their illustrious careers and in more recent times the likes of Champ, Thyme Hill and Bravemansgame have won this race.

Challow Novices Hurdle Information:

To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Newbury tips on the day of the race, do they agree with the runners on the trend shortlist or are they predicting other runners? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Newbury Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Challow Novices Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2015 when the race had an over-round of 108%. The race in 2009 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 123%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Challow Novices Hurdle, the over-round has been 113%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £113 which is bet.

Challow Novices Hurdle Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Challow Novices Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 4 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -12.82. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Challow Novices Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Philip Hobbs trained Thyme Hill ridden by Richard Johnson who set the fastest winning time in the Challow Novices Hurdle, the runner won the race in a time of 4:57.15 was set when winning the race in 2019. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Jonjo O'Neill and jockey A P McCoy with Taquin Du Seuil who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 5:58.36 in the 2012 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Challow Novices Hurdle over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Thyme Hill (4:57.15) in 2019
  2. Messire Des Obeaux (4:57.70) in 2016
  3. Denman (4:59.50) in 2005

Challow Novices Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Challow Novices Hurdle past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Challow Novices Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2023
5:23.04
Captain Teague (IRE)
5yo 11-7 2/1F
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2022
5:14.50
Hermes Allen (FR)
5yo 11-7 11/10F
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2021
5:14.68
Stage Star (IRE)
5yo 11-7 5/4F
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2020
5:06.10
Bravemansgame (FR)
5yo 11-7 5/2F
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2019
4:57.15
Thyme Hill (GB)
5yo 11-7 4/6F
Richard Johnson
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2018
5:10.00
Champ (IRE)
6yo 11-7 1/1F
Barry Geraghty
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2017
5:24.30
Poetic Rhythm (IRE)
6yo 11-7 15/8F
Paddy Brennan
Fergal O'Brien (GB)
2016
4:57.70
Messire Des Obeaux (FR)
4yo 11-7 100/30
Daryl Jacob
Alan King (GB)
2015
5:20.10
Barters Hill (IRE)
5yo 11-7 4/11F
David Bass
Ben Pauling (GB)
2014
5:13.75
Parlour Games (GB)
6yo 11-7 6/1
Noel Fehily
John Ferguson (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Challow Novices Hurdle have been based:

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 27 placings from 138 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 4 runners
  • GER: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Challow Novices Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Challow Novices Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Paul Nicholls who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Denman (2005), Bravemansgame (2020), Stage Star (2021), Hermes Allen (2022) and Captain Teague (2023). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Challow Novices Hurdle are Jonjo O'Neill (3 wins), Nicky Henderson (2 wins), Philip Hobbs (2 wins) and Nick Williams (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Challow Novices Hurdle trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Paul Nicholls18-5-10-3.65-1.13
Jonjo O'Neill4-3-3+8.38+4.67
Nicky Henderson11-2-6+0.00-0.39
Philip Hobbs5-2-3-2.08-1.62
Nick Williams3-2-2+1.55+0.55
Alan King9-1-2-4.67-3.50
Fergal O'Brien4-1-1-1.12-1.82
Ben Pauling4-1-2-2.64-0.50
Peter Bowen2-1-1+6.00+3.20
Ian Williams2-1-1+2.00+0.80

Challow Novices Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Challow Novices Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Harry Cobden who has won the race four times with those four winners coming from Bravemansgame (2020), Stage Star (2021), Hermes Allen (2022) and Captain Teague (2023). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the Challow Novices Hurdle is Daryl Jacob (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Challow Novices Hurdle jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Harry Cobden7-4-5+3.85+2.95
Daryl Jacob4-2-2+3.21+1.13
Paddy Brennan6-1-1-3.12-3.82
David Bass4-1-1-2.64-3.00
Sam Twiston-Davies6-0-1-6.00-2.70
Harry Skelton6-0-2-6.00-3.62
Gavin Sheehan6-0-1-6.00-3.90
Aidan Coleman5-0-2-5.00-0.53
Tom Cannon3-0-0-3.00-3.00
Jamie Moore3-0-0-3.00-3.00

Challow Novices Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +6.95 is when runners ran at Cheltenham last time out. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had a highest class won of Class 4, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-41.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Challow Novices Hurdle is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 10 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are Newbury and Sandown, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 134 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 9 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Challow Novices Hurdle:

  • Kings Theatre (3 Wins)
  • Flemensfirth (2 Wins)

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have been disappointed with multiple attempts but no wins in the Challow Novices Hurdle, that stallion is Oscar who has failed to produce a winner from 8 runners.

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Captain Cutter in 2013, winning for Nicky Henderson at odds of 8/1 under the guidance of A P McCoy. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 12 winning favourites in the race. Remember to use the best racing tipsters along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2024 Challow Novices Hurdle.

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Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Challow Novices Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners and Trends are at hand, Darren and James. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.

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