This race was previously known as the Brit Insurance Novices Hurdle. It was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005 as a three mile hurlde for novices.
All of the previous winners have had at least three runs over hurdles
All of the previous five winners had won over 2 miles and 5 furlongs or further
All of the previous winners have had a top two finish in a Graded Hurdle in their last time out
All of the previous winners were in the first five in the betting
Four of the five previous winners had run previously over three miles
Four out of the five previous winners were aged between six or seven
Although the race is only 5 years old it has produced some stunning jumpers including Wichita Lineman, Gone to Lunch, Siegemaster and Over the Creek.