2016 Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle

The Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle, formely known as the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle, introduces some of the most promising novices in national hunt racing to the challenging world of jump racing.

The Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle is a relatively recent addition to the Cheltenham Festival and was first run in 1971 when Midsprite raced to victory ridden by Macer Gifford. The race is a Grade 1 hurdles event and is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle is only open to four years old and above novices. Horses are required to cover a distance of 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 10 hurdles. As a middle length hurdle race Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle winners need to be able to balance speed and stamina during this demanding race.

NI Novices’ Hurdle Betting Odds

Cheltenham - Supreme Novices Hurdle
Antepost Betting - 12:30
Click red odds to strike a bet
Min 5 15/8 7/4 7/4 - NQ
Buveur D'air 12 7 7 7 - NQ
Yorkhill 12 9/2 9/2 10 - 5/4
Altior 16 4 4 9/2 - -
Tombstone 20 12 12 10 - 41
Charbel - 20 20 20 25 NQ
Moon Racer - - - 25 - -
Silver Concorde 25 16 14 25 25 -
Bachasson 16 25 33 20 - 10
Bellshill 10 14 16 25 - 11
Long Dog 16 16 20 33 - 8
Supasundae - 12 12 16 - -
Vigil - 20 25 33 - 6
A Hare Breath - 33 33 33 33 -
Ball D'arc - 25 33 33 25 -
Mister Miyagi - 33 40 33 40 -
Penglai Pavilion 25 33 33 33 33 NQ
North Hill Harvey 25 33 33 33 33 NQ
Petit Mouchoir 16 25 33 33 - 12
Thomas Hobson 25 33 50 33 40 8
Babbling Stream - 33 50 25 40 26
Bello Conti - 50 50 50 50 12
Holly Bush Henry - 50 50 66 50 -
William H Bonney - 50 66 66 - -
Okotoks - 66 66 66 66 64
A Toi Phil - - - - - 3
Baden - - - - - 49
Balko Des Flos - - - - - 33
Barters Hill - - - - - 24
Bleu Et Rouge - - - - - 7
Ghost River - - - - - 64
Its'afreebee - - - - - 12
O O Seven - - - - - 10
Open Eagle - - - - - 11
Politologue - - - - - 74
Shantou Village - - - - - 14
Theo's Charm - - - - - 64
Up For Review - - - - - 20
Welsh Shadow - - - - - 35
Work In Progress - - - - - 33
Yala Enki - - - - - 35

Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle Winners

As a novice event the Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle produces a new winner every year. Whilst the race does not have the reputation of producing future champions, it was the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle that introduced the excellent Istabraq to the racing world when he won the race in 1997.

Some of the finest jockeys in national hunt racing have won the Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle. As might be expected the Irish have put in a strong showing in the short history of the race, and the jockey with the most Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle wins is Charlie Swan with three winner titles.

No trainer can claim supremacy in the Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle with none having trained more than two winners. In fact it has been over a decade since any trainer has claimed more than one title, with Aidan O’Brien the last trainer to accomplish this feat.