- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Supreme Novices Hurdle Tips - 1.30pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by FEB 10th
The Supreme Novices Hurdle marks the beginning of the Cheltenham Festival and in recent times it has been a very good race for the Irish raiders.
For the many thousand travelling Irish supporters nothing less than another victory will do and they will be looking towards Willie Mullins or Gordon Elliott to provide the key to the race.
Mullins won it from 2103-15 with Champagne Fever, Vautour and Douvan, all owned by the Ricci family but last year Gordon Elliott produced a shock when 25/1 outsider Labaik got the better of the Mullins favourite Melon.
The Closutton handler has a couple entered this year and the word is that Getabird is the number one hope for the Ricci’s. They often buy from France but this 6yo came from the point-to-point circuit so will be interesting going forward and not just for the short term.
He won his bumper debut by 12 lengths and his hurdles debut by 7 lengths. Next time out he stepped up in class and comfortably took the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Hurdle by 9 lengths, beating the highly regarded Mengli Khan in the process.
He’s a typical front running hurdler and is expected to be even better once he goes further so this track should suit him well. Ruby Walsh will be back to ride him and he looks sure to start favourite and the many thousands of Irish fans will be hoping for a perfect start for the relaible Mullins/Walsh combo.
Stable mate Sharjah has done little wrong since he went hurdling in September. He came over from France and the 5yo has won two of his three starts for Mullins. Next time out he looked to be getting the upper hand in a Grade 1 contest before coming down at the last. That is good form and I think there is more to come from him although his lacklustre effort at Leopardstown needs forgiving.
Gordon Elliott with the backing of the Gigginstown Stud will be out to try and emulate Labaik’s success of 12 months ago; they had plenty of entries for this race but rely on their number one hope Mengli Khan.
The 5yo was rated 96 when trained on the flat by Hugo Palmer and has won three times since switching to Elliott. He suffered a setback when crashing through the wing at Leopardstown at Christmas and then was brushed aside by Getabird at Punchestown.
He needs to get back on track but connections are convinced he wasnt right the last day and are confident of a big run.
Nicky Henderson won the Supreme a couple of years ago with Altior, his third victory in the contest but his first for 24 years. His 6yo Claimantakinforgan is 2/3 over hurdles so far and looks the yards first string. He actually ran here at the Festival last year in the Champion Bumper where he was a very good third. He began his career in the point to point field and won over three miles so down the line he looks like he will be jumping the bigger obstacles.
Effortless victories at Newbury and Ascot over hurdles have catapulted him to the top end of the ante-post market and whilst he hasn’t beaten a great deal I’m sure there is more to come.
Kalashnikov has to be considered after stepping up and taking the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury recently off a mark of 141. He would have to be better than that bare form to win here but is obviously goinbg the right way for trainer Amy Murphy.
The 5yo won on his debut at Wetherby in November by 10 lengths and hasnt looked back since. he followed up at Doncaster and then was pitched in against better horses in the Tolworth at Sandown. He was second that day in heavy ground and has obviously improved since to win at Newbury.
The winner of the Tolworth Hurdle was Summerville Boy trained by Tom George, he goes again here and will obvioulsy like the conditions. He has only had four starts over hurdles and is open to plenty of improvement.
Local trainer Kim Bailey wouldn’t be known for his speedy hurdlers, he’s more of a staying chaser type. In First Flow he has a promising 6yo on his hands and has won novice races at Lingfield, Newbury and a Grade 2 contest at Haydock. His last two victories have come in heavy ground so it could be that he needs a bit of cut show his form. I’m sure it wont be long before we see him jump a fence but deserves a crack at this along the way.
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Supreme Novices Hurdle Runners
Supreme Novices Hurdle Trends
|10/10 Winners||Aged 5 or 6|
|9/10 Winners||Never been out of the first three|
|9/10 Winners||Won at least half of their races|
|9/10 Winners||Winners in first 6 in betting|
|9/10 Winners||Ran within 90 days|
|8/10 Winners||Winners won last time out|
|8/10 Favourites||Did NOT win|
|7/10 Winners||Had won a Bumper race|
|6/10 Winners||Rated 143 or more|
Supreme Novices Previous Winners
|2018||Summerville Boy||6||Noel Fehily||Tom George||9/1|
|2017||Labaik||6||Jack Kennedy||Gordon Elliott||25/1|
|2016||Altior||6||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson||4/1|
|2015||Douvan||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||2/1|
|2014||Vautour||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||7/2|
|2013||Champagne Fever||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||5/1|
|2012||Cinders And Ashes||5||Jason Maguire||Donald McCain||10/1|
|2011||Al Ferof||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||10/1|
|2010||Menorah||5||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs||12/1|
|2009||Go Native||6||Paul Carberry||Noel Meade||12/1|