Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Festival Trials Day)

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If you are a fan of horse racing trends then this preview of the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle will be perfect for you! Not only do we look at the trends but we look at past winners as well as trainer and jockey records for the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle, a race run over 2m1f at Cheltenham during the Festival Trials Day.

Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Festival Trials Day)
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2025 Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Preview

The race is run under the current name of the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle and as it suggests is a trial for the Triumph Hurdle at the festival. Established in 1985 and registered as the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle, the race is open to runners aged four or older and is run over a distance of two miles and one furlong, it is run on trials day at Cheltenham.

There have been winners of the race who have gone on to success at the festival with Katchit (2007), Peace And Co (2015) and Defi Du Seuil (2017) all going on to win the Triumph Hurdle next time out after winning this trial.

Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Information:

If you are interested in other predictions at Cheltenham then head over to the Cheltenham tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG racing tipsters and also compare those predictions to the runners that make the trend shortlist when added below. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Cheltenham Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2017 when the race had an over-round of 106%. The race in 2005 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 122%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle, the over-round has been 114%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £114 which is bet.

Finesse Juvenile 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 Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 6 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -1.83. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 4:06.00 was set by Fakir Doudairies in 2019, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien and ridden by J J Slevin. The slowest winning time was set in 2013 when Rolling Star won in a time of 4:33.59, booked to ride was Barry Geraghty on this Nicky Henderson trained runner.

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

  1. Fakir Doudairies (4:06.00) in 2019
  2. Pied Piper (4:07.75) in 2022
  3. Grumeti (4:08.84) in 2012

Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Finesse Juvenile 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 Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2024
4:13.06
Sir Gino (FR)
4yo 11-5 5/4
James Bowen
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2023
4:09.06
Comfort Zone (IRE)
4yo 11-5 2/1F
Jonjo O'Neill Jr
Joseph Patrick O'Brien (IRE)
2022
4:07.75
Pied Piper (GB)
4yo 11-0 11/8F
Davy Russell
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2020
4:24.13
Galahad Quest (FR)
4yo 11-0 6/1
Harry Cobden
Nick Williams (GB)
2019
4:06.00
Fakir Doudairies (FR)
4yo 11-0 4/1
J J Slevin
Joseph Patrick O'Brien (IRE)
2018
4:26.20
Apples Shakira (FR)
4yo 10-12 1/7F
Barry Geraghty
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2017
4:17.40
Defi Du Seuil (FR)
4yo 11-7 1/5F
Barry Geraghty
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2016
4:29.00
Protek Des Flos (FR)
4yo 11-0 25/1
Noel Fehily
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2015
4:21.60
Peace And Co (FR)
4yo 11-7 4/9F
Barry Geraghty
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2014
4:25.09
Le Rocher (FR)
4yo 11-7 2/1
Richard Johnson
Nick Williams (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

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

  • GB: 16 winners with an additional 23 placings from 139 runners
  • IRE: 3 winners with an additional 1 placing from 8 runners
  • GER: 1 winner with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 3 placings from 8 runners

Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Nicky Henderson who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Rolling Star (2013), Peace And Co (2015), Protek Des Flos (2016), Apples Shakira (2018) and Sir Gino (2024). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle are Alan King (4 wins), Nick Williams (2 wins) and Joseph Patrick O'Brien (2 wins). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle, Paul Nicholls has sent a total of 14 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Finesse Juvenile 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
Nicky Henderson12-5-8+22.33+13.99
Alan King12-4-7-2.14+1.49
Nick Williams8-2-3+2.00+0.84
Joseph Patrick O'Brien3-2-3+5.00+5.65
Philip Hobbs7-1-1-5.80-6.00
Nigel Twiston-Davies3-1-1+98.00+60.50
Milton Harris3-1-2+3.50+2.11
Steve Gollings1-1-1+1.88+1.18
Gordon Elliott1-1-1+1.38+0.83
Paul Nicholls14-0-4-14.00-10.67

Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Jockey Statistics

Here are some of the top Finesse Juvenile 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
Paddy Brennan6-1-3+95.00+60.41
Harry Cobden5-1-2+2.00+0.40
Graham Lee2-1-1+49.00+24.00
Jonjo O'Neill Jr2-1-1+1.00+0.25
J J Slevin1-1-1+4.00+2.40
James Bowen1-1-1+1.25+0.78
Daryl Jacob6-0-2-6.00-4.54
David Noonan3-0-1-3.00+0.25
Jamie Moore3-0-0-3.00-2.00
Sam Twiston-Davies3-0-1-3.00-2.33

Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Trend Analysis

The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 career place at the track, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-23.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle is Chepstow, there has been a total number of 6 winners of this race who ran at Chepstow last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 144 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 12 runners.

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Baccalaureate in 2010, winning for Nigel Twiston-Davies at odds of 100/1 under the guidance of Paddy Brennan. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 10 winning favourites in the race. Ahead of the 2025 Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle why not head over to the best racing tipster page to see what the tipsters are backing today?

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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 Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. 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.
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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