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The Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race

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:

  1. Appreciate It (IRE) – 9/4 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  2. Metier (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (02/01/21) – trained by Harry Fry
  3. Zanahiyr (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (26/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  4. Gauloise (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (20/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  5. French Aseel (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (27/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  6. Third Time Lucki (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-8 (26/12/20) – trained by Dan Skelton
  7. Boothill (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (10/12/20) – trained by Harry Fry
  8. Gaillard Du Mesnil (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  9. Ballyadam (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  10. 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.

To ensure you make The Festival 2021 as profitable as it has known to be, trust the expertly crafted tips of our professional tipster team, whether you’re attending the meeting live or spectating via TV from afar.


Odds for The Cheltenham Festival are some of the best you’ll find throughout the entire horseracing calendar, especially when you take the bookie’s generous promotions into account.

Enhanced odds can result in even bigger winnings and free bets can make those winnings completely risk-free.

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.

Previous Winners


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.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.