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The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race

The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race is run annually at Cheltenham racecourse on Countryside Day for The November Meeting.

The November Meeting is a wonderful three-day National Hunt horse racing meeting that offers a comprehensive set of fixtures totalling 19 excellent first-class races.

On each of the three days there is a featured race, with The Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase on Countryside Day, The Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Paddy Power Day and The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race on The November Meeting Sunday. These three races are the most prestigious and valuable of the 19 races.

Tens of thousands of enthusiastic horse racing fanatics head to Cheltenham for this event every single year and if you’ve yet to experience it in person, make this year the year you change that.

The November Meeting 2021 will take place from Friday the 12th until Sunday the 14th of November this Autumn. For all The November 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 Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 3 National Hunt hurdle race, open to horses aged three years old and above for participation.

Run on the old course of Cheltenham Racecourse, this race measures a fairly short 2 miles and 87 yards in length and features just 8 hurdles for the contenders to clear.

£12,500 is filling this race’s attractive purse, which is to be split in the following fashion between the top four placing horses:

  • 1st place – £7,213
  • 2nd place – £2,118
  • 3rd place – £1,059
  • 4th place – £529

The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race will be the final race of Countryside Day at The November Meeting 2021, commencing at 16:05 just before the sun begins to set.

Runners

The elite horses that contend in The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race provide a breathtaking spectacle every time Countryside Day comes around. These runners have earned their place and they’re all within touching distance of the generous first-place prize

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race the last time it was contested at The November Meeting 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. One True King (IRE) – second-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by  Nigel Twiston-Davies
  2. Leroy Leroy (GB) – fifteenth-place finish – 22/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Robert Dunne and trained by Jim Boyle
  3. The Bees Knees (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Max Kendrick and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  4. Percy’s Word (GB) – eleventh-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  5. Panic Attack (IRE) – fourteenth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe
  6. Art Approval (FR) – seventh-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  7. Takeit Easy (GB) – sixth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by Pam Sly
  8. Hazzaar (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by  jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Tom Lacey
  9. Seaborn (IRE) – Pulled Up – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Jamie Moore and trained by Gary Moore
  10. Chasamax (IRE) – third-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  11. Princess T (GB) – tenth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Harry Reed and trained by Neil Mulholland
  12. Calvanist (GB) – thirteenth-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Kevin Frost
  13. Guildhall (GB) – ninth-place finish – 125/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Donald McCain Jnr
  14. Hydroplane (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-10 – ridden by jockey Tom O’Brien and trained by Ian Williams
  15. Motashakel (IRE) – twelfth-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Isabel Williams and trained by Evan Williams
  16. Lively Citizen (IRE) – first-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by D J Jeffries
  17. Motdepas (FR) – Pulled Up – 200/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Joshua Moore and trained by Gary Moore

Tips

You don’t need to be an expert in horse racing OR gambling to make The November Meeting a profitable occasion. Thousands of punters win millions between them every year and you could very easily be amongst them.

Trust our knowledgeable team of professional tipsters to help build the most likely bet slips this November and head into the festive period with no regrets.

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Odds

Odds for The November Meeting are amongst the most generously priced on the whole National Hunt calendar.

2020 provides the perfect example, with 33/1 outsider Lively Citizen coming out on top just a head in front of joint 3/1 race favourite One True King. 33/1 odds turned £10 outright stakes into £330 in profits for those that had enough faith in this surprising talent. 

3/1 is also an amazing price for a joint-favourite, so this edition of The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race had great potential for profits regardless of how you prefer to bet.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race at The November Meeting in Cheltenham, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year’s winner of The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race was 33/1 outsider Lively Citizen, ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by D J Jeffries.

3/1 joint-favourite One True King finished just a head behind the leader in second-place, followed by 14/1 outsider Chasamax and 3/1 joint-favourite The Bees Knees in fourth.

2019

The 2019 edition of The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race did not take place after adverse weather conditions resulted in the abandonment of The November Meeting’s Countryside Day at Cheltenham Racecourse.

2018

At The November Meeting in 2018, 33/1 outsider Red Hot Chilly won The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien.

7/1 hopeful My Brother finished a length and a quarter behind the leader in second-place, followed by 18/1 outsider Voodoo Doll in third and 50/1 longer outsider Guido Reni in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, The Valda Energy Novices Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse was won by 10/3 race favourite Magic Dancer, ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee.

9/2 hopeful Oxwich Bay finished 5 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 20/1 outsider Champagne City in third and 25/1 longer outsider Zalvados in fourth.

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