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The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race

The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race is the first race that takes place on Day One of The International meeting at Cheltenham racecourse every December.

The International meeting is an extraordinary two-day National Hunt meeting that takes place annually in Cheltenham just a few weeks before Christmas.

Across the two days, horse racing enthusiasts get to witness 15 astounding National Hunt races right at the home of jump racing in Gloucestershire, including the two featured races: The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Unibet International Hurdle on Day Two.

Day Two of The International also features its very own Gold Cup in the form of The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, which resembles the Cheltenham Festival’s Gold Cup in many ways including the intense atmosphere it provides and the utmost prestige of its grand prize.

The International 2021 is scheduled to take place on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December. For all The International meeting’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About the Race

The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race is a Class 3 National Hunt hurdle race for novices that is run on Day One of The International at Cheltenham Racecourse every year.

Open to horses aged between and including four and six years old, The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race runs a distance of 2 miles and 179 yards and features 8 hurdles along its track of Cheltenham’s New Course.

The teams of the first four horses to successfully complete the race will head home with a share of this race’s £10,000 prize pool, which is shared in the following fashion:

1st place – £6,256

2nd place – £1,848

3rd place – £924

4th place – £462

The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race will commence at 11:30 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

Runners

The competitors that feature in The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race come from some of the most successful stables and studs in The United Kingdom and Ireland and are trained by some of the most experienced racehorse trainers in the business.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Day One of The International Meeting 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Any News (IRE) – second-place finish – 7/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Neil Mulholland
  2. Lord Baddesley (IRE) – Unseated Rider – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Chris Gordon
  3. Lucky One (FR) – third-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  4. Butte Montana (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 22/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  5. Caddyhill (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Alastair Ralph
  6. Make Me A Believer (IRE) – first-place finish – 16/5 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe

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Odds

The likely-lads have been taking the first place prize in recent years but the outsiders have certainly pushed them every trot of the way, sneaking into those top four placement positions and taking a share of the purse.

The highest-priced horse in the last edition of The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was 22/1 Butte Montana who managed a fourth-place finish. The race was won by 16/5 priced third-favourite Make Me A Believer, who turned £10 outright stakes into £42 in returns.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year’s winner in The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was 16/5 priced third-favourite Make Me A Believer, ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe.

7/4 race favourite Any News finished just a length behind the leader in second place, followed by 3/1 second-favourite Lucky One in third place and 22/1 outsider Butte Montana in fourth.

This edition of The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was contested by six runners and only completed by five.

2019

At Cheltenham’s International Meeting in 2019, The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was won by 5/6 race favourite Chantry House, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.

9/1 outsider Stolen Silver finished a length and a quarter behind the leader in second place, followed by 16/1 outsider Pipesmoker in third place and 14/1 Pileon in fourth.

This edition of The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was contested by eight runners and completed by all.

2018

The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was won by 6/5 race favourite Elixir De Nutz at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2018, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Colin Tizzard.

11/8 second-favourite Jarveys Plate finished a length and three-quarters behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/2 I K Brunel in third place and 25/1 outsider Monsieur D’Arque in fourth.

The only other competitor to contend this edition of The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was 100/1 priced Tricks And Trails who finished 28 lengths behind fourth in last place.

2017

Back in 2017, The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was won by 5/2 third-favourite Western Ryder on The International Day One, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Warren Greatrex.

2/1 race favourite Lalor finished 2 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 9/4 second-favourite Summerville Boy in third place and 14/1 outsider Shoal Bay in fourth.

This edition of The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race was contended by eight runners and successfully completed by all.

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