Cheltenham Festival – Spa Novices’ Hurdle

This Grade 1 race, sponsored by Albert Bartlett is for contenders aged four and older. Taking place on Friday March 16th, on day four of the Cheltenham Festival, at 2.50 pm GMT. The distance is 3 miles, over 12 hurdles, on the New Course, and was previously known as the Brit Insurance as a Grade 2 race. Last year’s winner was Penhill, with Trainer Willie Mullins. The previous multiple winning jockey is Tony Mccoy, an Irishman who has won the trophy three times in 2013, 207 and 2006.


The prize fund for the 2018 race stands at £118,000, when the stop staying novices compete over the 12 hurdles and three miles at Prestbury Park. The 2018 race is a wide open challenge, yet although Santini is one of the leading hopefuls, Calett Mad, Poetic Rhythm and Chef Des Obeaux all fancy their chances of a win.


This fourth day of racing at Cheltenham, Gold Cup Day, brings along the rich and famous rubbing shoulders with knowledgeable punters. With no specific rules, other than there is no fancy dress permitted in the Club Enclosure, huge crowds are expected to attend every race.



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