Supreme Novices Tips
The traditional curtain raiser of the Festival is always greeted with a traditional roar from the gathered Cheltenham faithful.
Run over two miles, and taking in eight hurdles, the race is always a hotly contested affair for the novice hurdlers.
This for many people is the most exciting race of the entire horse racing season – flat or jumps.
As the first race of the Cheltenham Festival, excitement levels reach heights that not many other sports can produce.
When the tapes are lifted, releasing the runners into battle, the Cheltenham roar engulfs Prestbury Park and is rumoured to be so loud it can be heard all the way in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.
I jest, but it really one of the sports most iconic moments and gets the four day Festival off to a flyer.
We all love the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in the modern-era. The anticipation. The excitement. And, of course, trying to work out whether Willie Mullins has the winner of the Supreme Novices Hurdle – the first race of the four day extravaganza.
The Cheltenham festival kicks off on Tuesday 12th March at 13:30pm with The Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle which is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race.
Horses aged four or older that are novices are open to compete in this race which is around two miles and half a furlong meaning eight hurdles must be cleared before a victor is announced.
Tips, runners, riders and the odds: Here’s all you need to know to get you in the mood!
Less than 2 months to go before the curtain opens for the Cheltenham festival but already there seems to be a market favourite emerging in Angels Breath, opening at odds of 6/1, after its impressive outing at Ascot attracted plenty of support early on.
A big market mover has been the Gordon Elliot trained BattleOverDoyen which opened at 16/1 and is currently 8/1. Young Jockey Jack Kennedy is expected to ride BattleOverDoyen having justified recent favouritism, winning at both Naas and Navan – Maybe one to keep an eye on! Nevertheless, My Supreme Novice Hurdle hot tip for the is for Willie Mullins’ trained Annamix, who is clearly looking to target the race as it has emerged as a possible entry.
Annamix clearly needed the run last time out at Limerick over Christmas time when finishingsecond after a lengthy 2-and-a-half-year break and it should be worth keeping faith with the selection at a juicy 14/1 price. One to almost definitely keep an eye on with confirmed entries at Down Royal and Leopardstown before 2019 Cheltenham festival races start.
Willie Mullins is the leading trainer in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle having had 5 winners over the few decades. 3 of those have come with leading jockey Ruby Walsh.
Other notable shouts to Champagne Platinum, the Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty combination should keep this horse in fine stead, but he is expected to run over further. From the Colin Tizzard yard, Elixir De Nutz has been showing notable positive signs with his recent winning course form. It would be interesting to see if it will be a Harry Cobden mount or, as most recently at Sandown, will it be Tom O’Brien cracking the whip.
Cheltenham festival day one has some cracking races on the cards and let’s just hope Cheltenham 2019 will be a success.
Hot Tip: Annamix 14/1
Market Mover: Battleoverdoyen From 16/1 to 8/1