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Read on to discover the latest news and betting tips ahead of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Crowds at Cheltenham ahead of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle
DateTuesday, March 16, 2021
Start Time13:30
Distance2m abt ½f
TypeHurdle
Prize£125,000
Where to WatchCheltenham live stream at MansionBet
Horses’ Age4+ Years.
Cheltenham Festival Day 1: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

The Cheltenham Festival is the focal point of the jumps racing season in Britain and Ireland, an occasion unparalleled in racing.

The curtain raiser on the Tuesday afternoon is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a two-mile speed test where the best up-and-coming hurdlers from Britain and Ireland locks horns. Willie Mullins has won the race a record six times, though only once since 2015. Shiskin scored for Nicky Henderson (his fourth win in the race) in 2019.

Few races in the calendar generate more hype and debate, given the status of the Supreme as the Cheltenham Festival opener.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Betting Odds

HorseLatest Odds*
Ballyadam11/2
Ferny Holly8/1
Appreciate It14/1
Dusart14/1
*All odds correct at time of writing

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Tips, Predictions and Previews

Ferny Hollow won the Champion Bumper at this meeting a year ago for Willie Mullins, touching off his more fancied stablemate Appreciate It, and both will hope to take leading rank amongst the novice hurdling division this term for their powerhouse yard.

Ballyadam laid down an early season marker in Ireland in the silks of Cheveley Park Stud, who can also look to Malone Road, both trained by Gordon Elliott. Nicky Henderson’s Flinteur Sacre was an impressive bumper winner last spring and should have a bright future over jumps in the JP McManus hoops.

After four wins in six years for Irish-trained horses up to 2017, British handlers have struck the opening Festival blow in two of the last three seasons. They’ll be hoping for more of the same to set the stage in the week-long battle for the Prestbury Cup between Britain and Ireland – which the raiders have dominated in recent years.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Recent Winners

YearHorseJockeyTrainer
2020ShishkinNico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson
2019Klassical DreamRuby WalshWillie Mullins
2018Summerville BoyNoel FehilyTom George
2017LabaikJack KennedyGordon Elliott
2016AltiorNico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson
Source: Wikipedia

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