Cheltenham Novice Hurdlers Breeding & Pedigree Guide

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With just over a week to go until the start ofthe Cheltenham Festival,this blog will look at the three main novice hurdle races, theSkybet Supreme Novices Hurdle, the Neptune Investments NovicesHurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (the mares' novicerace

Cheltenham Novice Hurdlers Breeding & Pedigree Guide
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Breeding & Pedigree Guide

Ahead of the start of the Cheltenham Festival, this blog will look at the three main novice hurdle races, the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle, the Mares Novices Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle.

OLBG members will be adding their horse racing tips on these races during the Festival and along with those, hopefully, this blog will help them can help you.

Novice races are usually for horses that hadn't won a race before the current season, so in practice, the runners are usually in their first season over the type of obstacle to be jumped.

That said some horses fail to win for a full season and so go on to become second-season novices. Some rules allow a horse that didn't win a novice race until very late in a season to compete in some novice races at the start of the following season, although this won't be in play at the festival.

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Supreme Novices Hurdle

The Supreme Novices Hurdle is a grade one contest over an extended two miles and as the name suggests it is for hurdlers in their novice year. Since it is the first race of the festival as the horses go off they are accompanied by the famous Cheltenham roar.

In terms of breeding, the last twenty winners have all been either French, British or Irish bred, however, those have also made up the vast number of the runners with only 24 bred elsewhere.

Chestnut runners don't have a great record, 18 of the last 20 races have featured at least one of those and they have not won any, they are 0-32 over the last twenty renewals.

Do watch out for any grey entries, 29 have been entered over the last 20 renewals and they have gone on to win 5 of those races so for a relatively low number of entrants they have won plenty.

There have not been any standout sires for this race, the last twenty winners all being sired by a different horse, Galileo (0-7), Kayf Tara (0-6) and Oscar (0-5) have all sired five or more entrants with success.

Here are the Supreme Novices Hurdle past winners for the last 5 renewals

YearHorseInfo
2024
4:12.87
Slade Steel (IRE)
6yo 11-7 7/2
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2023
3:59.69
Marine Nationale (IRE)
6yo 11-7 9/2
Michael O'Sullivan
Barry Connell (IRE)
2022
3:44.35
Constitution Hill (GB)
5yo 11-7 9/4F
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2021
3:56.32
Appreciate It (IRE)
7yo 11-7 8/11F
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2020
4:08.20
Shishkin (IRE)
6yo 11-7 6/1
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)

Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle

The Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle is the middle-distance event for novice hurdlers taking place as the first race of the second day of the festival.

Ideally, you are looking for either a French or Irish-bred runner in this race as they have supplied 19 of the last 20 winners and have won every renewal since 2013.

The last winner who was not either French or Irish-bred was when the British-bred Simonsig who won in 2012, however, GB-bred runners are only 1-51 in the last twenty renewals.

There have been three dual-winning sires over the past twenty renewals with Court Cave (2017 & 2019), Germany (2014 & 2018) and Presenting (2011 & 2016) all providing multiple winners.

Those who have not been so lucky are the likes of Beneficial (0-8), Old Vic (0-7), Westerner (0-6), Getaway (0-6) and Milan (0-5).

Here are the Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle past winners for the last 5 renewals

YearHorseInfo
2024
5:22.96
Ballyburn (IRE)
6yo 11-7 1/2F
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2023
5:10.74
Impaire Et Passe (FR)
5yo 11-7 5/2
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2022
5:20.38
Sir Gerhard (IRE)
7yo 11-7 8/11F
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2021
5:05.05
Bob Olinger (IRE)
6yo 11-7 6/4F
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2020
5:18.73
Envoi Allen (FR)
6yo 11-7 4/7F
Davy Russell
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
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Mares Novices Hurdle

The Mares Novices Hurdle is the newest of the novices hurdles that feature at the Cheltenham Festival with it being added in 2016, the race is contested by mares over two miles and one furlong and is a Grade 2.

The first seven renewals saw either a French or Irish-bred runner win the race, however, in both 2023 & 2024, we saw British-bred runners win the renewals.

  • 4-46 - French Bred
  • 3-73 - Irish Bred
  • 2-30 - British Bred
  • 0-4 - Others

There have been no multiple winning sires of this race, however, there are five sires who have not had the best of times with Flemensfirth (0-7), Getaway (0-7), Martaline (0-5), Yeats (0-5) and Doctor Dino (0-5).

Here are the Mares Novices Hurdle past winners for the last 5 renewals

YearHorseInfo
2024
4:20.60
Golden Ace (GB)
6yo 11-2 10/1
Lorcan Williams
Jeremy Scott (GB)
2023
4:06.70
You Wear It Well (GB)
6yo 11-7 16/1
Gavin Sheehan
Jamie Snowden (GB)
2022
4:08.26
Love Envoi (IRE)
6yo 11-7 15/2
Jonathan Burke
Harry Fry (GB)
2021
4:03.06
Telmesomethinggirl (IRE)
6yo 11-2 5/1
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2020
4:09.02
Concertista (FR)
6yo 11-2 9/2
Daryl Jacob
W P Mullins (IRE)
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Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle

This is the longest of the four novice hurdles races, taking place on the Friday of the festival, immediately before the Gold Cup is the Albert Bartlett Novices Chase which is contested over just shy of three miles.

All of the twenty winners of this race have been geldings, however, only thirteen of the 357 entries have not been geldings with 11 mares who have only produced one place and two 'Horse'.

The Irish-bred runners have won 70% of the renewals (14-20) including 6 of the last 7, the French bred have 4 wins with their last coming in 2021 and the British bred have just 2 wins which came back-to-back in 2016 & 2017.

17 of the 20 winners were bay horses, 2 of the other 3 were chestnut in colour whilst the other winner was a grey.

Oscar has been the best-performing sire in the race with three winners which came with Black Jack Ketchum (2006), At Fishers Cross (2013) and Kilbricken Storm (2018).

The other multiple winning sires are Kings Theatre, Martaline, Shantou and Video Rock all with two wins whilst Flemensfirth (0-10), Kayf Tara (0-7), Westerner (0-7), Getaway (0-6) and Supreme Leader (0-6) have poor records.

Here are the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle past winners for the last 5 renewals

YearHorseInfo
2024
6:24.40
Stellar Story (IRE)
7yo 11-7 33/1
Sam Ewing
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2023
5:59.49
Stay Away Fay (IRE)
6yo 11-7 18/1
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2022
5:53.58
The Nice Guy (IRE)
7yo 11-8 18/1
Sean O'Keeffe
W P Mullins (IRE)
2021
6:01.65
Vanillier (FR)
6yo 11-5 14/1
Mark Walsh
Gavin Cromwell (IRE)
2020
5:57.96
Monkfish (IRE)
6yo 11-5 5/1
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
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Schedule for Tuesday at the Cheltenham Festival

Prepare for the ROAR of the Cheltenham Festival on the opening day when the tape goes up for the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the feature on Tuesday is the Champion Hurdle.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Slade Steel (IRE)
6yo - 7/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Gaelic Warrior (GER)
6yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Chianti Classico (IRE)
7yo - 6/1
Kim Bailey
David Bass
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
State Man (FR)
7yo - 2/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Lossiemouth (FR)
5yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Lark In The Mornin (GER)
4yo - 9/1
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
J J Slevin
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Corbetts Cross (IRE)
7yo - 15/8
Emmet Mullins
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival

The dust has settled on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and now on to day two. The feature on the second day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. We also have the cross country scheduled on Wednesday, a race like Marmite, some love it and some don't!

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle
Ballyburn (IRE)
6yo - 1/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
Fact To File (FR)
7yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup
Langer Dan (IRE)
8yo - 13/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Captain Guinness (IRE)
9yo - 17/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
10yo - 11/10
Gordon Elliott
Keith Donoghue
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Unexpected Party (FR)
9yo - 12/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Jasmin De Vaux (FR)
5yo - 9/2
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Schedule for Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival

Halfway through the festival and onto day three where the Stayers Hurdle is the feature race. A hurdle race to test the stamina and see how can last best up the Cheltenham hill.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Grey Dawning (IRE)
7yo - 5/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Monmiral (FR)
7yo - 25/1
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Protektorat (FR)
9yo - 17/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Teahupoo (FR)
7yo - 5/4
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo - 8/1
Ben Pauling
Ben Jones
16:50 Cheltenham
Mares Novices Hurdle
Golden Ace (GB)
6yo - 10/1
Jeremy Scott
Lorcan Williams
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Inothewayurthinkin (IRE)
6yo - 13/8
Gavin Cromwell
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Friday at the Cheltenham Festival

The final day of the festival and feature race that we have all been waiting for, the Cheltenham Gold Cup in which the Irish have been fairly dominant in recent years.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Triumph Hurdle
Majborough (FR)
4yo - 6/1
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
Absurde (FR)
6yo - 12/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Stellar Story (IRE)
7yo - 33/1
Gordon Elliott
Sam Ewing
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs (FR)
8yo - 10/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Sine Nomine (GB)
8yo - 8/1
Fiona Needham
Mr John Dawson
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase
Limerick Lace (IRE)
7yo - 3/1
Gavin Cromwell
Keith Donoghue
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Better Days Ahead (IRE)
6yo - 5/1
Gordon Elliott
Danny Gilligan

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Cheltenham Novice Hurdlers Breeding & Pedigree Guide are at hand, Andy 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.

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.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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