Supreme Novice’ Hurdle predictions and betting tips for the opening race on day 1 of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
The Supreme Novice’s Hurdle has been dominated in recent years by Willie Mullins, Rich Ricci and Ruby Walsh, and yet again they come well prepared with the well touted and now short priced favourite Min. A similar profile to Vautour and Douvan, can the French import be as impressive as those from the past three seasons, not forgetting Champagne Fever.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Predictions
Min has been impressive on what we have seen to date, and although the form stacks up reasonably well, it is very hard to advise anybody to back him at current prices. The shrewdies that were on early doors and snapped up the fancy prices are sitting smug, but after all this is the Cheltenham Festival and shocks are sure to occur throughout the week! Dunguib and My Tent or Yours come to mind in recent years.
There looks to be plenty of value elsewhere, and arguably the best form being brought to the table comes from Altior who has been backed from 6/1 into 9/2 ahead of the Cheltenham day 1 opener. Nicky Henderson’s High Chaparral gelding looks to have solid form, and was mightily impressive when coming home a handsome winner last time out ahead of Open Eagle. He doesn’t travel with the same vigour Min has done, but he’s a fighter, old school and won’t be found wanting on what we’ve seen to date.
Henderson also runs Buveur D’air who has been mightily impressive to date over hurdles but again, a bit like Min has yet to mix it with serious opposition; he looks to be the second string for the Henderson team. The other home runner that is of interest is Moon Racer, David Pipe says it is 50/50 as to whether or not he will run or not, should he turn up he looks a serious prospect, although first time out over hurdles running in a race of this class would seem a step too far.
Of the Irish contingent, the one at a bigger price that catches the eye is Supasundae who is now 16/1 from 20/1. He had Yanworth behind him in an Ascot bumper, and ran a creditable 6th in last year’s Champion Bumper, with little luck in running. His latest hurdle run was very convincing and with Henry De Bromhead sure to have him in good shape, and looks the best value to grab a place at a price.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Betting Tips
Win Tip – Altior at 9/2 with Paddy Power.
Each Way Tip – Supasundae at 16/1 with bet365.
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