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The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle is the second race to be run on Ladies Day of The Grand National Festival every April at Aintree Racecourse.

Presenting three-days of glorious National Hunt horse racing, The Grand National Festival is about much more than just The Grand National Steeple Chase itself.

21 brilliant races are split into three seven-race cards and are contended across Liverpool NHS Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day every Spring.

As well as The Grand National Steeple Chase on Grand National Day, there is a featured race on each of the other days, too, with The Betway Aintree Hurdle on Liverpool NHS Day and The Marsh Steeple Chase on Ladies Day.

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About The Race

The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race for novices that serves as the second race of Ladies Day every April for The Grand National Festival.

Horses aged four years old and above can compete in The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle which runs 2 miles and 103 yards of Aintree Racecourse and features nine hurdles along its path of the Mildmay course.

Last time out the purse for this race was £100,000, which was split between the first four successful competitors of the race in the following fashion:

1st place – £56,130

2nd place – £21,110

3rd place – £10,550

4th place – £5,270

This year’s edition of The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle will commence at 14:20 on Friday the 9th of April 2021.

Runners

The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle is contested by some of the best up and coming novices in British National Hunt horse racing. Take note of their names, as you’ll be seeing them again in more prestigious National Hunt races in the future.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Ladies Day during the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Aramon (GER) – second-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins
  2. Felix Desjy (FR) – first-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott
  3. Itchy Feet (FR) – fourth-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Oisin Murphy
  4. Precious Cargo (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  5. Rouge Vif (FR) – third-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Harry Whittington
  6. Sofia’s Rock (FR) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – no assigned jockey – trained by Dan Skelton
  7. Southfield Stone (GB) – seventh-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  8. Winston C (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Harry Fry

Tips

The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle is always an exhilarating race, making it a great one to bet on during The Grand Nationa Festival.

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Odds

Odds for The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle, just like any other race featured on The Grand National Festival fixture list, are consistently generous.

Odds ranged between 3/1 and 12/1 last time out in a race contested by just seven runners. This edition of The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle was won by 7/2 priced Felix Desjy, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £45 in returns, £35 in profits.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle during the Grand National meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

Last time out, The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse for Day Two of The Grand National Festival was won by 7/2 joint second-favourite Felix Desjy, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.

3/1 priced race favourite Aramon finished a length and a half behind Felix Desjy in second place, followed by 9/1 outsider Rouge Vif in third place and 7/2 joint second-favourite Itchy Feet in fourth.

2018

In 2018, The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle on Ladies Day of The Grand National Festival was won by 14/1 outsider Lalor, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Kayley Woollacott.

11/4 priced race favourite Vision Des Flos finished two and a half lengths behind Lalor in second place, followed by 33/1 outsider Bedrock in third place and 16/1 priced Mind’s Eye in fourth.

2017

16/1 outsider Pingshou won The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle on Day Two of The Grand National Festival in 2017, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.

9/4 joint-favourite Mount Mews finished four and a half lengths behind Pingshou in second place, followed by 7/1 priced The Unit in third place and 12/1 outsider High Secret in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, it was 11/4 second-favourite Buveur D’Air that won The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle on Ladies Day, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Nicky Henderson.

40/1 priced outsider Petit Mouchoir finished just a neck behind Buveur D’Air in second place, followed by 11/10 race favourite Limini in third place and 25/1 outsider North Hill Harvey in fourth.