Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race at the Cheltenham Festival. It is a Grade 1 hurdle race which is open to four-year-old-horses or older and is run on the Old Course.

The race is usually run at a fast pace and frequently has a large number of runners, meaning experience of competing in big fields before Cheltenham is often extremely important. Winners of this race regularly go on to compete in the Arkle in the following year’s Festival.

With it being the first race on the opening day of the Festival, its start is traditionally greeted by the “Cheltenham Roar”, from the packed enclosures

1.30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Hurdle Race

Distance: 2m 1/2f 

Age: 4 year olds +

Weight: 10st 13lb (4yo)  11st 7lb (5yo+)

Allowances: 7lb for fillies and mares.

Prize Fund: £125,000

2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Tuesday 10 March

Cheltenham (Old Course) 2.10: Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m½f (ITV)


  • Willie Mullins has trained the winner four times in the last 10 years and, with Gordon Elliott, the race has gone five time to Irish trainers


  • 5yo winners: 5
  • 6yo: 5

Official Rating

  • Seven winners had a rating of 147 or higher


  • A favourite and a joint-favourite have won in the past 10 years
  • Four non-favourite winners returned a double-digit SP, including the last three winners

Form Pointers

  • All winners had won over the distance
  • Nine winners had won at least two races in the same season
  • Eight winners won their preceding race
  • Seven winners had been successful in 50% or more of their hurdle races
  • Six winners were unbeaten in two or more of their preceding races
  • Four winners had previously won a Grade 1 race

Racing Hub Verdict

1 Shiskin, 2 Asterion Forlonge, 3 Abbacadabras