Classic Novices Hurdle

Grade – 2
Course – Cheltenham
Race Type – Hurdle
Distance – 2 Miles 4 1/2 Furlongs (20.5F)
Ages – 4yo’s +
Weights – 10st 5lbs (5yo) , 11st 3lbs (6yo+) , (7lbs allowance for filles & mares)
Penalties – Winner of a Class 4 hurdle 4lb, Winner of a Class 1 to Class 3 hurdle 7lb (No allowance to take a horse’s weight below 10st)
Sponsor – Ballymore

Grade 2

Recent Form and Trends

* 2021 race was cancelled due to a waterlogged track

Trends

Age – 8 of the last 11 winners were aged 6
Price – 2 of the last 11 winners were favourites, 9/11 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
Last Run – 9 of the last 11 winners won on their last run before the Classic Novices Hurdle , 8/11 winners ran within the last 44 days
Previous Course Form – 6/11 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 4/11 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham
Previous Distance Form – 9/11 winners had at least 1 previous run over 19-21 furlongs, 8/11 had at least 1 previous win over 19-21 furlongs
Previous Hurdle Form – 8/11 winners had at least 2 runs over hurdles, 10/11 winners had at least 1 win over hurdles, 6/11 winners had at least 2 wins over hurdles
Rating – 6/11 winners were rated 135 or higher
Graded Wins – 2/11 winners had at least 1 previous win in a grade 1-3 race
Season Form – 8/11 winners had at least 2 runs that season, 10/11 winners had at least 1 win that season

Future Form

Trends

Next Run
2 of the last 11 winners won on their next run after the Classic Novices Hurdle, 3/11 placed on their next run

Rest of The Season Runs
10 of the last 11 winners ran in at least 1 more race that season
4/11 won at least 1 more race that season, 3/11 placed in at least 1 more race that season

Cheltenham Festival Run That Season
7/11 winners ran in the Spa Novices Hurdle at the next Cheltenham Festival, 2 of the 7 won, 2 placed
3/11 winners ran in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at the next Cheltenham Festival, 0 of the 3 won, 1 placed