Gold Castle Novices Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the Gold Castle Novices Hurdle. This is a race that is hosted at Perth with the race being run over a distance of 3m, see which trends the past winners of the Gold Castle Novices Hurdle have set for this year.

Gold Castle Novices Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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Andy Powell Content Editor

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.

2025 Gold Castle Novices Hurdle Preview

Scheduled to take place in April of each year at the Perth racecourse is the Future Champions Novices Hurdle, this is a class 1 listed race that is currently known as the Gold Castle Novices’ Hurdle.

The race features on the opening day of the three-day Perth April meeting and is run over a trip of three miles, the meeting also features the Highland National.

Gold Castle Novices Hurdle Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Perth tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet?

How competitive is the Gold Castle Novices Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2018 when the race had an over-round of 105%. The race in 2007 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 116%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Gold Castle Novices Hurdle, the over-round has been 110%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £110 which is bet.

Gold Castle 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 Gold Castle Novices Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 5 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -3.54. Remember to bookmark the racing tips page so you can get easy access to the OLBG racing picks daily.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 5:47.40 was set by Up For Review in 2016, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by W P Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend. The slowest winning time was set in 2007 when Heres Johnny won in a time of 6:30.50, booked to ride was Tom O'Brien by the trainer Victor Dartnall.

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

  1. Up For Review (5:47.40) in 2016
  2. Giovinco (5:51.17) in 2023
  3. Gayebury (5:51.20) in 2017

Gold Castle Novices Hurdle Past Winners

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

YearHorseInfo
2024
6:19.05
Sounds Russian (IRE)
9yo 11-2 5/1
Brian Hughes
Ruth Jefferson (GB)
2023
5:51.17
Giovinco (IRE)
6yo 11-2 10/1
Stephen Mulqueen
Lucinda Russell (GB)
2022
6:01.98
Mahler Mission (IRE)
6yo 11-5 5/1
Tom Scudamore
John C McConnell (IRE)
2021
5:55.95
Threeunderthrufive (IRE)
6yo 11-3 15/8
A P Heskin
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2019
5:53.30
Go Another One (IRE)
7yo 11-5 2/1F
Richard Johnson
John C McConnell (IRE)
2018
6:11.90
Calett Mad (FR)
6yo 11-0 8/11F
Daryl Jacob
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2017
5:51.20
Gayebury (GB)
7yo 11-8 3/1
Tom O'Brien
Evan Williams (GB)
2016
5:47.40
Up For Review (IRE)
7yo 11-6 5/1
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2015
6:12.60
Onenightinvienna (IRE)
6yo 11-3 11/10F
Tom O'Brien
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2014
5:56.90
Sausalito Sunrise (IRE)
6yo 11-6 15/8
Tom O'Brien
Philip Hobbs (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

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

  • GB: 15 winners with an additional 17 placings from 102 runners
  • IRE: 4 winners with an additional 1 placing from 13 runners
  • FR: 1 winner with an additional 1 placing from 2 runners

Gold Castle Novices Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Gold Castle Novices Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Victor Dartnall who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Heres Johnny (2007), Lodge Lane (2008) and Ambion Wood (2012). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Gold Castle Novices Hurdle are Lucinda Russell (2 wins), Philip Hobbs (2 wins), Nicky Henderson (2 wins) and John C McConnell (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Gold Castle 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
Victor Dartnall4-3-3+4.88+3.59
Lucinda Russell5-2-2+16.00+3.25
Philip Hobbs5-2-4-0.02+0.88
Nicky Henderson4-2-3+1.13-0.50
John C McConnell2-2-2+7.00+4.38
Nicky Richards7-1-2-5.00-4.37
Paul Nicholls6-1-2-3.12-3.04
Nigel Twiston-Davies6-1-1-4.27-5.00
Gordon Elliott4-1-1+8.00+5.88
W P Mullins3-1-2+3.00-0.41

Gold Castle Novices Hurdle Jockey Statistics

Here are some of the top Gold Castle 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
Brian Hughes7-1-4-1.00+1.07
Stephen Mulqueen2-1-1+9.00+5.25
Paul Townend2-1-2+4.00-0.41
Daryl Jacob2-1-1-0.27-1.00
Jack Doyle1-1-1+2.50+1.56
A P Heskin1-1-1+1.88+1.18
David Bass1-1-1+1.75+0.00
Dougie Costello3-0-0-3.00-3.00
Harry Skelton3-0-0-3.00-3.00
Sam Twiston-Davies3-0-0-3.00-3.00

Gold Castle Novices Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +53.88 is when runners had 2 wins in the past year. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners carried 152lbs, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-14.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Gold Castle Novices Hurdle is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 8 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham 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 109 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 8 runners.

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

  • Presenting (4 Wins)
  • Oscar (2 Wins)
  • Roselier (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Trisons Star in 2005, winning for Lucy Normile at odds of 33/1 under the guidance of Des Flavin. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 7 winning favourites in the race. Remember to bookmark the best racing tipsters page so you can get easy access to the best OLBG racing tipsters. If you are interested in other races at the Perth racecourse, then why not read our blog for the Highland National?

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Gold Castle 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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