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Top Novice Hurdle Odds

The 2m novice hurdle division is always a cracking one and we can expect a top quality renewal this season as some of the best in training clash. The betting for the race will be on this page in the spring.

Day 2 - Friday 4th April 2020 - 2.20pm - Top Novices Hurdle - Grade 1 - 2m

The top novice hurdle odds will be here...

Top Novices Hurdle Tips

The second race on the card on day 2 at the Aintree Festival is the excellent Novices Hurdle race as we get the very best young hurdlers in Liverpool, many of the contenders from the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival will head to Liverpool to ensure a top class renewal.

Our selection for the big race will be on this page as soon as it has been made.

What is the Top Novices Hurdle?

The Top Novices Hurdle is always a fantastic race at Aintree with the contest coming hot on the heels of the equivalent race, the Supreme, at the Cheltenham Festival.

It is an excellent contest as punters get the chance to run the rule over the 2m novice hurdle crop for one last time in the UK and we always get a strong field declared as a result.

The race itself is a Grade 1 run over a trip of just above 2m on the Mildmay course at Aintree during the world famous Grand National Festival. The Top Novices Hurdle is a breeding ground for the future of the national hunt game so this is a race to follow in 2020 as we look to unearth yet another gem.

The History of the Top Novices Hurdle

First run in 1976, the Top Novices Hurdle is always a key contest during the National meeting with a number potential stars of the future likely to head to head to Liverpool to take their chance.

The race itself received a huge boost in 2016 when it was upgraded to Grade 1 level and that will ensure that it remains one of key races of the season for the young novice hurdlers.

Any horse that wins this race in Liverpool is clearly an excellent talent and that has certainly proven the case when you take a quick look at the recent roll of honour. Buveur D'Air is the big name on the list with his victory in 2016 one of the first sings that we may have a special talent on display and his two Champion Hurdle wins since confirmed that early promise.

Recent Top Novice Hurdle Past Winners

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Year

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Age

SP

2019

Felix Desjy

J Kennedy

G Elliott

6

7/2

2018

Lalor

R Johnson

K Woollacott

6

14/1

2017

Pingshou

R Power

C Tizzard

7

16/1

2016

Buveur D'Air

N Fehily

N Henderson

5

11/4

2015

Cyrus Darius

B Hughes

M Jefferson

6

8/1

2014

Josses Hill

B Geraghty

N Henderson

6

6/4F

2013

My Tent Or Yours

A P McCoy

N Henderson

6

4/11F

2012

Darlan

A P McCoy

N Henderson

5

7/4F

2011

Topolski

D Jacob

D Arbuthnot

5

11/2

2010

General Miller

B Geraghty

N Henderson

5

7/1

2009

El Dancer

D Elsworth

L Wadham

5

14/1

Who is the most iconic winner of the Top Novices Hurdle?

There have been some fantastic winners of this race down the years but it is Buveur D'Air probably deserves the honour as the most iconic. 

The Nicky Henderson trained horse was a comfortable winner of the Top Novices Hurdle in 2016 as he ended a stellar campaign with a big win and it was a real sign of the talent the horse had. Two subsequent Champion Hurdle victories have followed and that is enough to ensure that the JP McManus owned horse deserves his lofty position in the roll of honour.

Are there any trial races for the Top Novices Hurdle?

The 2m novice hurdle division is one of the most exciting and important in the sport with the best young horses of the future getting their first chance to shine on the big stag. The horses on show in a race like this are the future Champion Hurdlers and Champion Chasers of tomorrow and punters can follow all of the big 2m novice hurdlers through the winter.

All of the key trial race results, including the Supreme at Cheltenham, are worth watching closely.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Top Novices Hurdle?

AP McCoy has a long and remarkable career and that included at Aintree with five wins to his name in the Top Novices Hurdle. McCoy won on Fataliste (1998), Straw Bear (2006), Blythe Kight (2007), Darlan (2012) and My Tent Or Yours (2013) during his long spell in the saddle.

Who is the most successful trainer in the Top Novices Hurdle?

Nicky Henderson has dominated the race in recent years with five wins since 2010 - General Miller (2010), Darlan (2012), My Tent Or Yours (2013), Josses Hill (2014) and Buveur D'Air (2016) all won for the Seven Barrows team.

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