Supreme Novices Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2020 - DAY 1)

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The Supreme Novices' Hurdle traditionally gets the Cheltenham Festival underway. The race is for four year olds and upwards and is run over two miles and half a furlong on the old course. The race is considered to be the most prestigious 2 mile hurdle race for Novices of the season and Klassical Dream won last year's race. Find below our Cheltenham 2020 Supreme Novices' race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

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The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a popular race amongst punters as they try and get off to a winning start at the Cheltenham Festival. It’s a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle contest, run over two miles and half-a-furlong, for horses aged four years and upwards. Klassical Dream (10/1) galloped relentlessly to land the opening race of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, readily, by four and a half lengths.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

SHISHKIN started his hurdling career with an early fall, but Nicky Henderson’s youngster has been flawless since, winning his last 2 races by 11 lengths. He strengthened his position at the head of the market for this race with a stylish success in the Betway Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon. He eased 11 lengths clear of Shan Blue in the two mile three and a half furlong test.

ASTERION FORLONGE won his bumper at Thurles last November and then duly won on his hurdles debut at Naas by an easy 10 lengths. Willie Mullins’ grey then took on Easywork at the Dublin Racing Festival, and again displayed an impressive turn-of-foot to seal a nine-and-a-half-length triumph.

ABRACADABRAS has looked a totally different proposition since sent hurdling. He finished 4th in the Champion Bumper at last year’s Festival and has won three of his four starts over hurdles, including the Future Champions Novices' Hurdle at Leopardstown last time. He recorded a three-length triumph over Latest Exhibition.

FIDDLERONTHEROOF made his debut over hurdles in the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow in October, finishing second to the now smart Thyme Hill. The six-year-old opened his account in a novice at Sandown in December and was the star of the show at Sandown recently, forging clear to win the Tolworth impressively.

CAPTAIN GUINNESS opened his account by winning a small race by 7 lengths at Navan. He then stepped to run in a Grade 2 contest, finishing runner-up to the useful Andy Defresne.

CHANTRY HOUSE won his hurdling debut at Cheltenham, grinding out a snug victory over future Grade Two winner, Stolen Silver. He then produced a more dominant display at Newbury, winning by almost five lengths without being fully extended.

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SOVIET PIMPERNEL has not been seen in competitive action since impressing with victory in a Grade Three event at Limerick over Christmas, having previously been narrowly beaten by Quel Destin at Cheltenham.

ALLART was a faller on his hurdling debut but has looked an exciting prospect since then, expecially when he easily scored in 2m novices at Ludlow and Doncaster.

EDWARDSTONE only lost his unbeaten record over hurdles when turned over by Stolen Silver in a messy small field at Haydock. He had looked a high class prospect at Wincanton and Aintree previously.

ELIXIR D'AINAY has quickly made into useful hurdler, scoring in Naas maiden. Anyway, he finished 6l behind Latest Exhibition when fifth of 8 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race at Leopardstown over 2m 6f last month.

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  • Just 2 of the last 12 favourites/joint favourites have won
  • 7 of the last 12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
  • 9 of the last 10 winners were rated 142 or better
  • 20 of the last 23 winners won their last race
  • 9 of the last 10 winners finished either first or second on previous run.
  • Irish-trained horses have won 16 of the last 28 runnings
  • 18 of the last 20 winners had contested a Class 1 race
  • 0 out of 13 horses to wear blinkers have won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

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What time is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 10, 2020 and the official starting time is 1:30pm.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

There are eight hurdles to jump for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runners

What is the distance of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles and 87 yards

What is the prize money for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

The total prize money on offer for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.

Who won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last year?

Last year's renewal was won by Klassical Dream at SP of 6/1, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh.

What weights are carried for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

10 st 13 lb (4-year-olds). 11 st 7 lb (5-year-olds +). 7 lb allowance for fillies and mares.

Who is the leading jockey in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

Champion jockey Ruby Walsh has five wins to his name

Who is the leading trainer in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

Willie Mullins with 6 wins, including 4 of the last 7.

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