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 Constitution Hill won last year's race. Find below our Cheltenham 2023 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. Constitution Hill from Nicky Henderson won the 2022 edition under the guidance of the Nico de Boinville, justifying his 9/4 joint-favouritism.
We will take a closer look at this year's Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail in the coming weeks.
Who will win the Supreme Novices' 2023?Last year’s Champion Bumper winner FACILE VEGA is odds-on favorite for more Cheltenham glory, having ran out a comfortable winner in his first two races over hurdles. Anyway, Willie Mullins' charge had drifted out to 5/1 after ruining his 100% winning record in emphatic style at the Dublin Racing Festival, where he trailed in last of the five finishers behind stablemate Il Etait Temps.
Grade 1 winner MARINE NATIONALE is next best in the market. He won a couple of bumpers during the first half of 2022 and recorded an effortless victory on his hurdles debut at Punchestown. Then, Barry Connell's star scored in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse.
IL ETAIT TEMPS won the Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival, leaving Facile Vega twenty lengths behind him. With 6 starts over hurdles and improving with every run he has the experience and G1 form needed to shine here.
Willie Mullins also has GAELIC WARRIOR, who is unbeaten in three starts and looked very good when landing the odds in a grade 2 at Punchestown in mid January.
LUCCIA was an impressive winner of her most recent outing in a listed contest at Exeter and deserve respect. Anyway, she is a deserved short-price favourite for the Mares’ Novice Hurdle and will probably go for that race.
Dark horses? TAHMURAS made it three wins from three over hurdles when he won the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown and surely is one of the premier challengers for Britain.
Third in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom last season, HIGH DEFINITION made a good impression when winning on debut at Leopardstown. He then was challenging Facile Vega for the lead when falling in the Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. Despite that fall he made a good impression.
HUNTERS YARN is an interesting each-way option. He is improving and put in a good performance at Navan last time beating Imagine by 6 lengths.
INTHEPOCKET, DIVERGE and CHASING FIRE are other horses to follow.
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SUPREME NOVICES TRENDS
- 23 of the last 26 winners had won last time out
- Only 4 of the last 18 favourites/joint favourites have won
- 9 of the last 10 winners were sent off at single figure odds
- 10 of the last 12 winners won on their last start before running in the Supreme Novice Hurdle
- 9 of the last 10 winners were 5 or 6 years old (the only exception was Appreciate It, 7)
- In the last seven years, only one winner has been rated below 150 and that was Labaik at 25/1.
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SUPREME NOVICES FAQs
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 14, 2023 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 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.
Who won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Constitution Hill at SP of 9/4F, trained by Ncky Henderson and ridden by Nico De Boinville.
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?
The most successful jockey in the history of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is Ruby Walsh, who has six wins. His replacement Paul Townend has won two years ago. Nico de Boinville has the best recent record in the race with three wins, all on Nicky Henderson-trained horses, in the last seven years. Jack Kennedy also has a good recent record in the race with a winner and three places from four rides.
Who is the leading trainer in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?
Five of the last 11 winners have been trained by Willie Mullins, most recently with 2021 victor Appreciate It. Nicky Henderson is another trainer to note with three winners in the last 11 years.