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2024 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Tips, Odds and News

The opening race of the Cheltenham Festival is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. This Grade One for first-season hurdlers has produced many fantastic winners down the years, and winners of the Supreme often go onto achieve great things at future Cheltenham Festivals.

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Supreme Novices' Hurdle Key Facts

Date Tuesday 12th March, 2024
Time 1:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m
Prize Pool £125k
Age 4YO+

Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds

Supreme Novices' Hurdle Tips

Our guide to the Supreme Novices' Hurdle will be published in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival.

Supreme Novices' Hurdle Result

1st Marine Nationale 9/2
2nd Facile Vega 9/4f
3rd Diverge 25/1

Supreme Novices' Hurdle Day Card

1:30pm Supreme Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m
2:10pm Arkle Challenge Trophy Novice's Chase Grade One 2m
2:50pm Ultima Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 3m
3:30pm Champion Hurdle Grade One 2m
4:10pm Mares' Hurdle Grade One 2m 4f
4:50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm National Hunt Chase Grade Two 3m 6f

Supreme Novices' Hurdle History

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is one of the most looked-forward-to races in all of horse racing.

Since it's creation in 1946, the Supreme has opened the card on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, and the roar that erupts from the Prestbury Park patrons when the starter sends them on their way can be heard half-way across Gloucestershire.

Originally, the Supreme was separated into three divisions. That idea what whittled down to two divisions by 1948, before organisers decided to go with a solitary Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 1972.

One of the most famous Supreme winners during it's early years was the great Flyingbolt, who secured victory under Pat Taaffe in 1964.

Dual Gold Cup and Grand National winner, L'Escargot won the second division of the Supreme in 1968. Dan Moore's star was followed into the winners' enclosure by other future Cheltenham Festival greats like Bula and Golden Cygnet.

Brave Inca won the Supreme in 2004, and went on to scoop Champion Hurdle glory two years later. Many Supreme winners go on to have successful career's over fences too, with legendary chasers like Vautour, Douvan and Altior scoring in recent seasons.

Since the Supreme Novices' Hurdle was cut down to a single division, Willie Mullins has been the most successful trainer, with the last of his victories coming with Klassical Dream in 2019. Many expert's 2021 Cheltenham Festival tips will feature a Willie Mullins runner in the Supreme.

2020 saw Nicky Henderson win the Supreme for the fifth time, as Shishkin held off Abacadabras in a thrilling fight to the line. Willie Mullins then celebrated yet another Supreme winner, as Appreciate It destroyed his rivals in the 2021 renewal

Supreme Novices' Hurdle Winners

2023 Marine Nationale
2022 Constitution Hill
2021 Appreciate It
2020 Shishkin
2019 Klassical Dream
2018 Summerville Boy
2017 Labaik
2016 Altior
2015 Douvan
2014 Vautour
2013 Champagne Fever
2012 Cinders And Ashes
2011 Al Ferof
2010 Menorah
2009 Go Native
2008 Captain Cee Bee
2007 Ebaziyan
2006 Noland
2005 Arcalis
2004 Brave Inca
2003 Back In Front
2002 Like A Butterfly

Supreme Novices' Hurdle FAQs

When is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

The 2024 Supreme Novices' Hurdle will be run at 1:30pm on Tuesday 12th March.

What is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade One jumps race for novice hurdlers. It takes place on day one of the Cheltenham Festival and is run over a two-mile trip.

Who won the Supreme?

The 2023 Supreme Novices' Hurdle was won by Barry Connell's Marine Nationale.