The Novices’ Hurdle Race is the first race that takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse for the first day of The Christmas Festival every year.
The Christmas Festival is the occasion the biggest horse racing fanatics have been waiting for – Kempton Park Racecourse’s main event featuring a pair of showpiece fixtures guaranteed to leave spectators speechless.
Taking place over the two days immediately after Christmas, this exceptional National Hunt horse racing affair features a total of 12 incredible jump races, with a variety of hurdles and steeplechases including the likes of The King George VI Chase, The Desert Orchard Chase and The Christmas Hurdle Race.
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About The Race
The Novices’ Hurdle Race is a Class 2 National Hunt hurdle race for novices that serves as the opening race of The Christmas Festival every December at Kempton Park Racecourse.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Novices’ Hurdle Race runs precisely 2 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse and features a number of hurdles for the novices to negotiate.
The most recent edition of The Novices’ Hurdle Race featured a prize pool worth £16,000, which was shared between the first four finishers as follows:
1st place – 11/10 Third Time Lucki (IRE) – £10,010
2nd place – 3/1 Flic Ou Voyou (FR) – £2,957
3rd place – 10/1 Severance (GB) – £1,478
4th place – 100/1 Il Re Di Nessuno (FR) – £739
The next edition of The Novices’ Hurdle Race will commence at around 12:40 on Sunday the 26th of December 2021.
The Novices’ Hurdle Race’s runners always do an outstanding job of kicking off Day One of The Kempton Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse in exceptional style.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse last time out in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Flic Ou Voyou (FR) – second-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Third Time Lucki (IRE) – first-place finish – 11/10 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Severance (GB) – third-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by Ben Pauling
- Go Sacre Go (FR) – fifth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
- Il Re Di Nessuno (FR) – fourth-place finish – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Jamie Moore and trained by Gary Moore
- On To Victory (GB) – Fell – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Alan King
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Last time out, odds for The Novices’ Hurdle Race ranged from 11/10 for the race favourite Third Time Lucki and stretched as high as 100/1 for the longest outsider Il Re Di Nessuno – an incredible price for a competitor in a six-horse race.
However, it was the race favourite Third Time Lucki that took the first place prize, converting £20 outright backing stakes into £42 in returns, £22 in profits for the punters that backed him.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Novices’ Hurdle Race on King George VI Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The winner of The Novices’ Hurdle Race last time out at Kempton Park Racecourse on Day One of The Christmas Festival was 11/10 priced race favourite Third Time Lucki, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
3/1 priced second-favourite Flic Ou Voyou finished nine lengths behind Third Time Lucki in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Severance in third place and 100/1 priced outsider Il Re Di Nessuno in fourth.
Back in 2019, The Novices’ Hurdle Race during The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse was won by 9/2 priced third-favourite Fred, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.
4/1 joint race favourite Ecco finished four and a half lengths behind Fred in second place, followed by equally priced Getaway Fred in third place and 25/1 priced outsider Touchthesoul in fourth.
7/2 priced Mister Fisher, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson, won The Novices’ Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse in December 2020.
8/1 priced Rouge Vif finished two and three-quarter lengths behind Mister Fisher in second place, followed by 5/2 priced race favourite Thomas Darby in third place and 11/4 priced second-favourite The Big Bite in fourth.
The 6/4 priced race favourite If The Cap Fits finished first in The Novices’ Hurdle Race on King George VI Chase Day at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival in 2017, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Harry Fry.
4/1 priced third-favourite Diese Des Bieffes finished five lengths behind If The Cap Fits in second place, followed by 7/1 priced Solomon Grey in third-place and 3/1 second-favourite Simply The Betts in fourth.