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 2021 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. So, it is quite important to know the winner of the race before diving into Cheltenham races betting offers.
The Royal Bond Novice Hurdle 2022 will take place on Sunday November 28th and will be worth a cool €53,000 to the winner.
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Is there anything that Royal Bond Novice Hurdle past winners have in common? The only way to find out is to look at the stats and trends relating to this key race at Fairyhouse. Statistics are not the be all and end all, and come with no guarantees, but being aware of them can help you make better decisions when it comes down to who to back. Consider these Royal Bond Novice Hurdle stats and trends:
Envoi Allen extended his undefeated run to seven races and gave trainer Gordon Elliott a second victory in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle when landing an odds-on starting price of 8/11. Despite being a little on his toes in the preliminaries, this Cheveley Park Stud owned gelding delivered a second Grade 1 and first over the smaller obstacles on just his second start in this sphere. That confirmed all the promise and hype surrounding Envoi Allen, who hurdled better than most of his eight rivals. He also found plenty for pressure under Davy Russell after the second last and stayed on best for a cosy 1½ lengths victory over stable companion and 7/2 second-favourite Abacadabras.
That stands Envoi Allen in good stead for going up in trip in the New Year with Elliott identifying the Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles as his next target. Runner-up Abacadabras also looks capable of running big races at this level for jockey Jack Kennedy and Gigginstown House Stud. The front two pulled 2½ lengths of Gavin Cromwell’s 20/1 outsider Darver Star, who outran his odds in third, and had the rest of the field well strung out. If there was one disappointment in this renewal of the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, then it was Gigginstown’s second string Midnight Run. The 6/1 shot trained by Joseph O’Brien made a bad mistake when short of room and perhaps weakening at the second last, so Rachael Blackmore eased her mount.
Jamie Clark has been around horse racing and betting his entire life. His father and godfather ran a trackside bookmaker’s pitch at Market Rasen Racecourse in Lincolnshire for many years. Jamie was Sports Editor for Coral’s digital platforms between 2014 and 2017, and has since become a successful freelancer.