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One of the standout races on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. You can find out the latest Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds here, and the standout selections for the Grade 1.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Odds Winner – Favourites 2022
The race should be one of the most competitive on the opening day. The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds can be seen below, for all other odds of the Festival please visit this page.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds appear to be dominated early on by two horses. This is our traditional curtain-raiser on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. In the 2022 ante-post market, two very good young horses are among the favourites.
Both Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit have very close form together. Now trained by Willie Mullins, Sir Gerhard keeps his place as favourite to win despite being beaten by his close rival at Punchestown.
Before that, the Cheveley Park-owned gelding made all to beat Kilcruit in the Champion Bumper at the 2021 festival under Rachael Blackmore.
He comes with a similar reputation to many Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winners before him. It will be hugely interesting to see how he gets on over hurdles during the course of the season. Cheltenham appears to be his bag and so he’s likely to remain among the more fancied runners.
Given their close form, it’s not a surprise to see Kilcruit up with his old pal. Many Supreme Novices’ Hurdle tips will be going the way of Willie Mullins’ other horse. Especially so after he beat Sir Gerhard so easily at Punchestown.
Whether that form was genuine remains to be seen. No doubt the pair’s master trainer will attempt to keep them apart until they meet at Prestbury Park in March.
Whatever happens, this will be some match-up. Both horses have tons of class, but can improve plenty and both will have the assistance of a leading jockey on the day.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Cheltenham Festival
Before examining the runners and riders and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds, customers must first examine the history of the race. This section will explain all about the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and its history, prize money and records.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the race that all National Hunt fans look forward to every year, as it indicates the start of the Cheltenham Festival.
It is the race that racegoers finally hear the famous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ and has been a constant on the racing calendar since the 50s.
It was previously called the Gloucestershire Hurdle, before being renamed to the Champion Novices’ Hurdle in 1974.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is contested over two miles and half a furlong and is run on the Old Course.
2021 saw what will surely become one of the more famous winners in racing history take this race at the festival. Appreciate It, trained by Willie Mullins, absolutely crushed his Supreme Novices’ field by a massive 24 lengths.
Up to now, prize money is set at £92,000. However, with crowds allowed back into Cheltenham prize money levels for 2022 may yet go up.
There have been some notable winners of this race, with some of the biggest names in National Hunt going off as favourites in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds.
Recent famous winners include Summerville Boy and Douvan, who have both went on to achieve further success on the track. However, the standout winner of this race is Altior.
The Nicky Henderson-trained horse was set off as the favourite in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds in 2016 and beat Min by seven lengths. After that success, Altior went on to win on his next 14 starts.
Last year’s winner of this race was Shishkin, who was also set off as a short price favourite in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds.
One of the more famous winners over time is likely to prove to be Appreciate It. The Willie Mullins horse ran away with the opening race of the 2021 festival, scoring by an incredible 24 lengths.
Irish-trained horses have dominated the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle over recent years, and the leading jockey and trainer highlight that. Ruby Walsh had a dominant record as a jockey in this race, as he won on six occasions.
His last win in this race came on board Klassical Dream.
Willie Mullins holds the record for the most wins from a trainer, as he has won on six occasions. It will be little surprise to see plenty of Mullins runners feature towards the top of the market for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle favourites 2021.
Willie Mullins is the record-holder for most Supreme Novices’ Hurdle wins as a trainer. After winning again in 2021, Mullins now stands alone with seven wins in the race. Mullins horses will no doubt be at the top of the market for the race again in 2022.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Cheltenham FAQ
If you have any other questions revolving around the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds, then you will get all the answers you need in this section.
What Time is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Cheltenham 2022?
The full schedule has not been announced yet, but the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the traditional opening race. It is likely to go off at around 1.20pm on Tuesday, March 15th, 2022.
Who Won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Last Year?
Appreciate It was a wide-margin winner of the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend.
Which Horse is the Favourite to Win in 2022?
In the early ante-post markets, Sir Gerhard is favourite to win an eight Supreme Novices’ for Willie Mullins. He won the Champion Bumper in 2021.