The Winter Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of about 2 miles and 4½ furlongs (4,124 metres), and during its running there are nine hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in early December.
Between 1992 and 1999 the distance of the race was 2 miles and 6 furlongs, and prior to 1992 it was run over 2 miles 5 furlongs and 75 yards. The only winner to subsequently win the championship event in this division is Barton, who won the 1999 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle. Since 2011 the race has been sponsored by Neptune Investment Management and run under the title of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
Winter Novices' Hurdle Wikipedia
1 The 1989 race was abandoned due to frost. 2 The 2010 race was abandoned due to snow.