Spa Novices Hurdle

Date Time Class Distance
Fri 16th March 2018 14:50 Grade 1 2 miles 1 furlong

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Chef Des Obeaux

A winner by 19 lengths the last time he ran over this distance, Chef Des Obeaux is solid each-way value at 6/1 at Boylesports.

Best Price 6/1 @ Boylesports

Spa Novices Hurdle Results

Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Kilbricken Storm H Cobden C L Tizzard 7 72
2nd 3 Ok Corral B J Geraghty N J Henderson 8 72
3rd 1.5 Santini Nico de Boinville N J Henderson 6 72
4th 1.5 Ballyward P Townend W P Mullins 6 72
5th 1.75 Tower Bridge J J Slevin Joseph P O'Brien 5 72
6th 2.75 Robin Waters Harry Skelton D Skelton 5 72
7th 1.25 Fabulous Saga D E Mullins W P Mullins 6 72
8th 14 Dortmund Park D N Russell G Elliott 5 72
9th 13 Chris's Dream M P Walsh H de Bromhead 6 72
10th 2.75 Poetic Rhythm P J Brennan F O'Brien 7 72
11th 9 Real Steel D J Mullins W P Mullins 5 72
12th 3 Enniscoffey Oscar L P Aspell Miss E C Lavelle 6 72
13th hd Paisley Park Nick Scholfield Miss E C Lavelle 6 72
PU Talkischeap Wayne Hutchinson A King 6 72
PU Mr Whipped J McGrath N J Henderson 5 72
PU Calett Mad D A Jacob N A Twiston-Davies 6 72
PU Chef Des Obeaux N D Fehily N J Henderson 6 72
PU Crucial Role R Johnson H D Daly 6 72
PU Beyond The Law R M Power M F Morris 6 72
PU Mulcahys Hill A P Heskin W Greatrex 6 72

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About the Spa Novices Hurdle

The Spa Novices Hurdle, better known by its sponsored name as the Albert Barlett Novices’ Hurdle, is the UK’s premier stayers race for novice hurdlers. Run over a distance of 3 miles on the Cheltenham New Course, the race features 12 hurdles. Entry to the Spa Novices Hurdle is open to 4-year-old and above novice hurdlers.

The Spa Novices Hurdle is one of the more recent additions to the Cheltenham Festival, and was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2008. The race attracts horses that will be aimed at the Stayers’ Hurdle later in their careers, although no Spa Novices Hurdle winner has gone on to achieve this double. However, 2011 winner, Bob’s Worth, went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2013.

Betting on the Spa Novices Hurdle

Winners of the Spa Novices Hurdle tend to have shown form over 3 miles ahead of their Cheltenham win. In fact a win over 3 miles prior to travelling to Cheltenham is the single strongest indicator of a potential winner. Keep in mind that a poor showing in a race over a shorter distance last time out may raise a horses’ price without having any real bearing on their prospects in this race.

Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by the markets. This race takes place just before the Cheltenham Gold Cup so markets are loaded with money from the general public, and favourites will start off well under-priced. While favourites do win this race, it’s just as common for horses priced well over 10/1 to take the win. So look for each-way value and stay away from short priced favourites.

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