Top Novices Hurdle

Grade – 1 (since 2016, previously grade 2)
Course – Aintree
Race Type – Hurdle
Distance – 2 Miles 1/2 Furlong (16.5 Furlongs)
Ages – 4yo +
Weights
Sponsor – Betway

Grade 1

Recent Form and Trends

Trends

Age – 10 of the last 12 winners were aged 5 or 6
Price – 3 of the last 12 winners were favourites, 7/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
Last Run – 8/12 winners won or placed on their last run before Aintree, 10/12 winners had their last run within the last 31 days
7/12 winners ran in the Supreme Novices Hurdle (Cheltenham) on their last run, 0 of the 7 won, 4 placed
Previous Distance Form – 12/12 winners had at least 3 previous runs over 16/17 furlongs, 12/12 winners had at least 1 win over 16/17 furlongs
Previous Hurdle Form – 12/12 winners had at least 2 runs over hurdles, 10/12 winners had at least 3 runs over hurdles, 11/12 winners had at least 1 win over hurdles
Rating – 11/12 winners had a rating of 133 or higher
Season Form – 12/12 winners had at least 2 runs that season, 11/12 winners had at least 3 runs that season, 11/12 winners had at least 1 win that season

Future Form

Trends

Next Run – 5 of the last 12 winners won on their next run after the Top Novices Hurdle, 2/12 placed on their next run
4/12 winners ran in the Champion Novice Hurdle (Punchestown) on their next run, 0 of the 4 won, 1 placed
Aintree Festival Run Next Season – 4/12 winners ran at the Aintree Festival the following season, 1 of the 4 won, 0 placed