|Date||Tuesday, March 16, 2021|
|Distance||2m abt ½f|
|Where to Watch||Cheltenham live stream at MansionBet|
|Horses’ Age||4+ Years.|
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
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
|2020||Shishkin||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson|
|2019||Klassical Dream||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2018||Summerville Boy||Noel Fehily||Tom George|
|2017||Labaik||Jack Kennedy||Gordon Elliott|
|2016||Altior||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson|
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