Friday 27th December 2019 - Future Champions Novice Hurdle - Grade 1 - 2m
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THE FUTURE CHAMPIONS NOVICE HURDLE IS A PATTER TRIAL RACE FOR THE SUPREME OR THE BALLYMORE AT CHELTENHAM
There are a number of top class novice hurdle races during the season in Ireland but one of the most important is the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. It is a Grade 1 race that takes place over the Christmas period whilst acting as a key trial for both the Supreme Novices Hurdle and the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Some winners of this race in the past include the likes of Istabraq, Hurricane Fly and Sizing John who have all gone onto to win races at the Cheltenham Festival during their careers. The race itself is ran over two miles which means it lends itself to be a trial for the Supreme or the Neptune at the Festival making it a fantastic trial race for punters to follow.
Recent Winners of the Future Champions Novice Hurdle and their Performances at Cheltenham Later in the Same Season
2018 - Aramon - 6th in the Supreme
2017 - Whiskey Sour - 3rd in the County Hurdle
2016 - Saturnas - Did not run at Cheltenham
2015 - Long Dog - Fell in the Albert Bartlett
2014 - Sizing John - 3rd in the Supreme
2013 - The Tullow Tank - Did not run at Cheltenham
2012 - Jezki - 3rd in the Supreme
2011 - Cash And Go - Did not run at Cheltenham
2010 - First Lieutenant - 1st in the Neptune (now the Ballymore)