Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle

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What You Need to Know

  1. Its the first race of Ladies Day, the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. All today's free racing tips can be found here.
  2. The race is a Novices Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt race that takes place each March. This year the race starts on Ladies Day the 16th of March at 1.30pm.
  3. It's now regarded as the biggest race of the season for novice hurdlers (horses aged four years and above).
  4. The left-handed course is 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres) in length, with ten hurdles to be jumped.
  5. The prize pot on offer is around £125,000, with the winner taking around £75,000 of this, making it popular with leading stables and jockeys.
  6. Getting to Cheltenham to see the race in person is very easy. The course is easy to reach from the M5 motorway and regular shuttle buses connect it with the nearby Cheltenham Spa railway station.
  7. It's also very easy to have a bet on the race. For the best selection of betting markets and the best odds, you should open an online sports betting account and get some free sign up cash.
  8. As a rule, horses with good recent form perform well in the Novices' Hurdle, plus Irish-trained horses also have a strong record in the race - see all the horses and latest odds for the 2016 Race are shown below via a live feed from Bet365. 

The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt race held during the annual Cheltenham Festival.

The race is one of the biggest on the calendar for novice hurdlers and always draws big crowds at the famous old racecourse. It also draws a sizeable global TV audience and is very popular with sports betting fans, especially now it's so easy to have a flutter on the action from the comfort of your own home.


History of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle

The Novices' Hurdle is one of the newest of Cheltenham's big races. The event was set up only in 1971, when it was named the Aldsworth Hurdle.

Over the years, it grew in size and prestige, thanks partly to ongoing big-money sponsorship. From 1974 until 2006, it was named after the insurance company Sun Alliance and them, after a couple of seasons as the Ballymore Properties Novices Hurdle, it was given its present title.


The Race Today

These days, the Novices' Hurdle is a highlight of the annual Cheltenham Festival, held at the famous Gloucestershire racecourse each March. The race is open to horses aged four years or older. The left-handed course is 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres) in length, with ten hurdles to be jumped.

Today, the Novices' Hurdle is widely-regarded as the key race of the National Hunt season for young 'stayers' (that is, horses who run over long distances). The prize pot on offer is around £125,000, with the winner taking around £75,000 of this, making it popular with leading stables and jockeys.


2016 Horses, Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle and and Latest Odds

2016 Horses
  • Yanworth - 1/1
  • Yorkhill - 5/2
  • A Toi Phil - 6/1
  • Bellshill - 8/1
  • Long Dog - 10/1
  • Barters Hill - 12/1
  • Bleu Et Rouge - 12/1
  • Shantou Village - 14/1
  • Bello Conti - 14/1
  • Petit Mouchoir - 20/1
  • Tombstone - 20/1
  • O O Seven - 20/1
  • Vigil - 20/1
  • Thomas Hobson - 25/1
  • Open Eagle - 33/1
  • Yala Enki - 33/1
  • Bachasson - 33/1
  • Politologue - 33/1
  • Up For Review - 33/1
  • Its'afreebee - 33/1
  • Welsh Shadow - 50/1
  • Balko Des Flos - 66/1
  • Babbling Stream - 66/1
  • Baden - 80/1
  • Work in Progress - 100/1
  • Okotoks - 100/1
  • Ghost River - 100/1
  • Theo's Charm - 100/1
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Betting on the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle

The Novices' Hurdle is one of the biggest events of the whole Cheltenham Festival. Not only is it a guaranteed hit with the crowds, the fast and furious nature of the race means it's also massively popular with sports betting fans.

If you fancy having a flutter on the race, then you should consider signing up for an online sports betting account. By comparing the best sports betting sites on the internet, you can not only get the best odds and greatest selection of betting markets, you may also be able to take advantage of some amazing introductory offers., for example, offers up to £200 in cashback when you open a new account.

As a rule, Irish-trained horses tend to do very well in the race. In fact, since 2003 five winners have been trained in Ireland, while Irish-trained horses claimed six victories on the trot back in the 1970s. This is certainly something to bear in mind when you're having a flutter.

Additionally, statistics show that recent form has a big impact on the outcome of the race. Almost every year the winner has been either first or second in their last run before Cheltenham, suggesting a careful look at the form guide could help you beat the bookies.


Getting to the Race

The Novices' Hurdle is always held at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse, just outside of the city of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. Getting to the course is very easy, whether you're travelling by car or by public transport.

  • For the duration of the festival, regular shuttle buses run to the racecourse from Cheltenham Spa railway station, with the station offering direct links with London, Bristol, Birmingham and many other places.
  • If you're driving, then the racecourse can be found at GL50 4SH and is easily-reached from Junctions 9 or 10 of the M5 motorway. For the Cheltenham Festival, visitors are able to make use of plenty of free parking within easy walking distance of the famous old course.
  • See our interactive map on the right hand side of this page.

For more information about getting to Cheltenham, visit the official website.


Facts and Records

  • The race has always gone to plan, except in 2008. That year, high winds meant the race had to be cancelled and held on another day, this time on the New Course at Cheltenham rather than the Old Course.
  • Two jockeys share the record for most wins. Both Charlie Swan and, more recently, Ruby Walsh, have ridden three winners in the race.
  • Just one trainer has three winners to his name, however. Nigel Twiston-Davies trained 1993 winner Gaelstrom as well as 2004 winner Fundamentalist and 2013 winner The New One.
  • While it may be commonly named after its main sponsor, the race is officially registered as the Bingham Novices' Hurdle. This is in honour of Baring Bingham, a local landowner who helped organise the first Cheltenham Festival back in 1902. 


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