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Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle Betting

The Champion Novice Hurdle is an exciting part of the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May and the whole meeting is a feast for betting enthusiasts and novice punters alike.

The Grade One national hunt race involves a distance of 2 miles and 9 hurdles, and it is open to novice hurdlers aged 5-years-old and over. It is traditionally dominated by the Irish stables with Willie Mullins and Noel Meade enjoying great success in recent years. Indeed Meade leads the way for trainers with five Champion Novice Hurdle wins and when considering the ante-post odds it could prove beneficial to look out for the Meade-trained contenders.

It always attracts a strong field and in the past several winners of the Champion Novice Hurdle have gone on to achieve great things in Grade 1 Hurdles. Moscow Flyer was winner in 2000 and went on to enjoy Queen Mother Champion Chase and Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham Festival, as did 2004 winner Brave Inca, who went on to win the Champion Hurdle in 2006 for Meade.

More recently Hurricane Fly claimed the 2009 Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown and went on to claim the 2011 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival. It highlights the quality and potential that is on offer at Punchestown and it could be worthwhile to look out for the odds of success stories in this Irish race for future hurdle races.

Other races on the opening day of Punchestown Festival include:

Punchestown Champion Chase | Champion Novice Chase

Tuesday, 23rd Apr 2013
4.20pmTip: Champagne Fever @ 6/4 (3rd)Betting Preview

Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle 2014 Odds

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2013 Champion Novice Hurdle Result

1st3. JezkiB J GeraghtyMrs J Harrington2/1
2nd6. Ted VealeP CarberryA Martin12/1

Previous Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle Winners

2001Ned Kelly5Edward O'Grady
2002Scottish Memories6Noel Meade
2003Back In Front6Edward O'Grady
2004Brave Inca6Colm Murphy
2005Wild Passion5Noel Meade
2006Iktitaf5Noel Meade
2007Clopf6Edward O'Grady
2008Jered6Noel Meade
2009Hurricane Fly5Willie Mullins
2010Blackstairmountain5Willie Mullins
2011Shot From The Hip7Edward O'Grady
2012Alderwood8Thomas Mullins
2013Jezki5Jessica Harrington

Punchestown Festival

The Punchestown Festival is an exciting five day meeting that hosts a variety of high quality Grade 1 races and is effectively the Irish version of the Cheltenham Festival.

There are a variety of races on offer and successful horses at Punchestown have gone on to enjoy Cheltenham success as well - including Brave Inca, Moscow Flyer and Hurricane Fly.

It provides an ideal opportunity for betting with plenty of offers, odds and races to take advantage of......

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