Every year when March comes around, it only means one thing – The Cheltenham Festival.
The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day horseracing meeting that takes place every March, usually coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day, making it a big one on the calendar of Irish visitors.
The Festival is a meeting on the National Hunt racing calendar and it is the main event for Cheltenham Racecourse, with only The April Meeting and Race Night to follow before the end of the season.
Comprised of 28 excellent races, these four days at Cheltenham Racecourse include some of the most notorious races in the sport, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle, and of course The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th to Friday the 19th of March, beginning with The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race and the “Cheltenham Roar” at 13:30.
About the Race
Open to horses aged 4 and above and run on the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham, The Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race spanning a relatively short 2 miles and 87 yards – amongst the shortest race distances at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Novice hurdlers are required to leap 8 hurdles along the course with the winner taking home £71,187 of the £120,000 prize pot.
Originally known as the Gloucestershire Hurdle, the first-ever edition of this race was won by 5-year-old Prince Rupert in 1946, ridden by jockey Ron Smyth and trained by Ted Smyth.
Being the very first race of the first day of the Cheltenham Horseracing Festival, The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is traditionally greeted with the “Cheltenham Roar” to kickstart the Festivals electric atmosphere that will last the duration of The Festival.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Appreciate It (IRE) – 9/4 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Metier (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (02/01/21) – trained by Harry Fry
- Zanahiyr (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (26/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Gauloise (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (20/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- French Aseel (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (27/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Third Time Lucki (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-8 (26/12/20) – trained by Dan Skelton
- Boothill (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (10/12/20) – trained by Harry Fry
- Gaillard Du Mesnil (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Ballyadam (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Bob Olinger (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (13/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest events of the UK and Ireland horseracing calendar. With hundreds of millions bet across the week annually, bookies and betting sites will be on the ball, offering oodles of offers and promotions including enhanced odds and free bets.
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A £10 bet on Labaik’s 25/1 starting price at The Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race in 2017 would have seen a profit of £250. This is the same year that £10 on either of the joint 3/1 favourites would have returned £30 profit, too.
6-year old 6/1 outsider Shishkin won last year’s Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
9/4 favourite Asterion Forlonge, trained by Willie Mullins, only managed a fourth-place finish after failing to jump consistently, while 11/4 second-favourite Abacadabras finished second-place, close behind the leader.
6/1 Klassical Dream won the first-place prize in the 2019 Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race, ridden and trained by the jockey/trainer dream team of Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins.
This race had two big outsiders fill up second and third placements, including 28/1 Thomas Darby in second and 25/1 Itchy Feet in third.
9/1 outsider Summerville Boy won The Cheltenham Festival’s Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race in 2018, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Tom George.
5/1 Kalashnikov finished close behind in second place, while third placement was taken by 14/1 Mengli Khan.
French 25/1 outsider Labaik won the Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle’s £71,188 first-place prize in 2017, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.
Joint 3/1 favourites Melon and Ballyandy finished second and fourth, with 8/1 River Wylde perched between them in third.
4/1 Altior won the 2016 Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle back in 2016, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
With Altior taking the £68,340 first-place prize, the remainder of the £120,000 purse was shared proportionately between 15/8 Min in second, 10/1 Buveur D’Air in third and 12/1 Tombstone in fourth.