Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Date is 1st December 2019


Type: Grade 1 hurdle race (2 miles 10 hurdles)


Trial race for the Cheltenham Festival

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General Race Info


Runners & Tips


Stats & Trends

Past Winners

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Royal Bond Novice Hurdle General Info

One of Fairyhouse’s top races, the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle is a Grade 1 event for those aged 4+, run over a two-mile trip and featuring ten hurdles.

Given its quality the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle 2019 should be an important stepping stone to the Cheltenham Festival and as such it remains one of the most important races on the calendar for horsemen and punters alike.

2001 winner Like-A-Butterfly went on to win the 2002 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle while 2012 champion Jezki ran third in the same race before going on to score in the Champion Hurdle the following season.

The Royal Bond Novice Hurdle 2019 will take place on Sunday December 1st and will be worth a cool €53,000 to the winner.

Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Tips

Envoi Allen

Envoi Allen, Champion Bumper winner, a scorer on his reappearance and current favourite for the 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, would surely be a very short price for this race if he lines up and as such, we should aim for something offering a little more value when ante post betting opens.


Joseph O’Brien holds a strong hand in terms of the early entries and his Dlauro is expected to be aimed at the Supreme Novices’. His bumper win at Punchestown in May was a great sight, but without a run in public since it’s hard to judge the six-year-old accurately at this stage.

Andy Dufresne

Dlauro is owned by JP McManus and he too may have somewhat of a stranglehold on this event given that he also has Andy Dufresne with Gordon Elliott.

Just a five-year-old like the majority of the top contenders, Andy Dufresne is two from two in rules races since making the switch from point-to-points, winning his bumper race easily in the new year before scoring on his hurdling debut in fine style when taking a maiden at Navan in November.

He already looks capable of taking a race of this nature and should improve plenty from that last outing, making him the potential value in the race when prices are announced.

Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Ante Post Bet: ANDY DUFRESNE

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Royal Bond Hurdle Stats & Trends

With 8 career wins, Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer in the history of this race but he doesn’t have quite the same strong team this year. That said, it is usually a top-class trainer who does win this race, so keep an eye on the likes of Gordon Elliott and Joseph O’Brien.

Since the turn of the millennium, 8 of the 19 winners have gone off favourite but the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle betting hasn’t always been the best guide, the 11 non-favourites to have won comprising an average SP of 5/1 so don’t necessarily go for market leaders.

15 of the 19 winners were aged 4 or 5 so it appears the young, improving horses will be the ones to concentrate on in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle 2019.

Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Betting

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Royal Bond Novice Hurdle tips should be plentiful so keep an eye out, and once your bet is decided look for the likes of Betway and Betfair.

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Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Winners

Sent off the even-money favourite under Ruby Walsh, Quick Grabim became Willie Mullins’ eight winner of the Royal Bond when taking care of just three rivals comfortably in 2018.

The six-year-old was indeed an impressive winner on the day but did not make the Cheltenham Festival, instead heading for Punchestown where he was fourth to Klassical Dream. Here is every winner of the Royal Bond since 2000 along with their subsequent Cheltenham Festival performances:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Festival Performance
2018 Quick Grabim 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins Did not race
2017 Mengli Khan 4 Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott 3rd in Supreme Novices’
2016 Airlie Beach 6 Danny Mullins Willie Mullins 14th in Mares’ Novices’
2015 Long Dog 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins Unseated in Albert Bartlett Novices’
2014 Nichols Canyon 4 Paul Townend Willie Mullins 3rd in Barham Bingham Novices’ Hurdle
2013 The Tullow Tank 5 Danny Mullins Philip Fenton Did not race
2012 Jezki 4 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington 3rd in Supreme Novices’
2011 Sous les Cieux 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 5th in Barham Bingham Novices’ Hurdle
2010* Zaidpour 4 Paul Townend Willie Mullins 7th in Supreme Novices’
2009 Dunguib 6 Brian O’Connell Philip Fenton 3rd in Supreme Novices’
2008 Hurricane Fly 4 Paul Townend Willie Mullins Did not race
2007 Muirhead 4 Paul Carberry Noel Meade 12th in Supreme Novices’
2006 Hide The Evidence 5 Andrew Leigh Jessica Harrington 15th in Supreme Novices’
2005 Iktitaf 4 Paul Carberry Noel Meade Did not race
2004 Wild Passion 4 Paul Carberry Noel Meade 2nd in Supreme Novices’
2003 Newmill 5 Garrett Cotter Thomas O’Leary Did not race
2002 Hardy Eustace 5 Kieran Kelly Dessie Hughes 1st in Royal & Sun Alliance
2001 Like-A-Butterfly 7 Charlie Swan Christy Roche 1st in Supreme Novices’
2000 Liss A Paoraigh 5 Charlie Swan John Kiely Did not race