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Cheltenham Trial: Classic Novices Hurdle
Tue, Jan 20th, 2015

The Classic Novices Hurdle run on Cheltenham Festival Trails day has Grade 2 status and has been contested by some top class horses since being added to the race program in 2005. It is run over 2m4f and is sponsored by Neptune Investment Management as part of their Road to Cheltenham series.

The 2011 renewal is particularly notable as it saw the 2012 Champion Hurdler Rock on Ruby lose out to the three time Festival winner Bobs Worth. 2013 also saw two future Festival winners battle it out with At Fishers Cross just edging The New One.

At Fishers Cross,  Bobs Worth and Wichita Lineman went on to win the three mile Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle after landing this prize.

Classic Novices Hurdle Stats 2003-2012

  • Nicky Henderson has trained 2 winners since 2008
  • Barry Geraghty and Tony McCoy have each has ridden 2 of the winners
  • 6 out of 9 winners had official ratings. 5 of the 6 were rated 140+
  • The favourite has won on 3 occasions but not since 2009
  • All 9 winners were aged 5 or 6

Classic Novices Hurdle Winners 2005-2014

Year

Horse

Age

WT

Jockey

Trainer

OR

SP

FOF

2014

Red Sherlock

5

11-9

Tom Scudamoe

David Pipe

-

9-4

2

2013

At Fishers Cross

6

11-12

AP McCoy

Rebecca Curtis

145

13-2

2

2012

Batonnier

6

11-5

Wayne Hutchinson

Alan King

129

12-1

2

2011

Bobs Worth

6

11-12

Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson

140

7-2

4

2010

Restless Harry

6

11-12

Henry Oliver

Robin Dickin

144

7-2

3

2009

Diamond Harry

6

11-12

Timmy Murphy

Nick Williams

155

8-15

1

2008

Aigle d'Or

5

11-9

Marcus Foley

Nicky Henderson

-

7-4

1

2007

Wichita Lineman

6

11-12

Tony McCoy

Jonjo O'Neill

148

Evens

1

2006

No race

2005

Ambobo

5

11-12

Barry Geraghty

Arnaud Chaillé-Chaillé

-

14-1

2


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