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 Shishkin won last year's race. Find below our Cheltenham 2022 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. Appreciate It from Willie Mullins won the 2021 edition under the guidance of the Paul Townend, justifying his 8/11 favouritism.
And now we take a closer look at this year's Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Nicky Henderson's CONSTITUTION HILL recorded deeply impressive success at Sandown in December and further enhanced his reputation when returning to the Esher track to comfortably land the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle. Sent off the 2/5 favourite that day, the £120,000 purchase showed an impressive turn of foot despite the heavy ground to defeat Jetoile easily.
DYSART DYNAMO, trained by Willie Mullins, is unbeaten in all four career starts so far. He has won both his hurdle starts by 19 lengths including a tough race as the Group 2 Moscow Flyer
KILCRUIT has been beaten at 2m (when 1/14) and 2m4 (when 4/9) in his first 2 outings this season. He has since won a maiden at 2m and seemed to benefit greatly with the application of a tongue-tie. He looks a big staying chaser for the future but showed last time that he has enough pace for this two-mile trip.
JONBON is a full brother to legendary horse Douvan. He was purchased for €570,000 following an stunning 15 lengths success at Dromahane in November 2020. He too is unbeaten in his five run career (including his impressive point win) and has won over hurdles this season at Newbury, Ascot and Haydock. Anyway, he was far from his best when landing the odds in the Rossington Main at Haydock last time out.
Dark horses?Willie Mullins' BRING ON THE NIGHT made a winning start to his jumping career at Naas. While this a totally different ask, he is a nice prospect.
SHALLWEHAVEONEMORE hated heavy ground when well beaten by Constitution Hill in the Tolworth but bounced back from that defeat with an easy maiden hurdle win at Sandown on Scilly Isles day.
SILENT REVOLUTION and JPR ONE look to have no chance in this company.
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SUPREME NOVICES TRENDS
- Only 3 of the last 12 favourites/joint favourites have won
- 9 of the last 12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
- 9 of the last 10 winners had won on their previous start, the majority of those in a Grade 1.
- 11 of the last 12 winners were aged 5 or 6. Last year's winner Appreciate It was 7yo
- All the last 12 winners had at least 2 previous wins over 15-17 furlongs
- The last 10 winners were rated 142 or better
- 11 of the last 12 winners had at least 2 wins over hurdles
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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 15, 2022 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 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.
Who won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Appreciate It at SP of 8/11F, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend.
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 last year's edition. Nico de Boinville has the best recent record in the race with two wins, both on Nicky Henderson-trained horses, in the last six 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 10 winners have been trained by Willie Mullins, most recently with 2021 victor Appreciate It. Nicky Henderson is another trainer to note with two winners in the last 10 years.