Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race at the Cheltenham Festival. It is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which is open to 4 year old horses or older and is run on the Old Course.

The race is usually run at a fast pace and usually has a large number of runners, meaning experience of competing in big fields before Cheltenham is often extremely important. Winners of this race often 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 andmares.

Prize Fund: £125,000

2009-2018 Stats


  • Willie Mullins has won this three times (2013-15), all other years were won by different trainers


  • Won by 6yo six times, 5yo four times


  • Only two favourites have won in the last 10 years (2/1 and 7/2j), other winning prices range from 4/1 to 25/1

Form pointers:

  • Eight winners had previously won at Graded level
  • Eight winners won last time out

Racing Hub Shortlist

1 Al Dancer, 2 Fakir d’Oudairies, 3 Angels Breath