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Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2022 Racecard

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which takes place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March. Open to horses aged four years or older who are novices (meaning they hadn’t won a race over hurdles prior to that season), the Supreme Novices' Hurdle is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about two miles and half a furlong (2 miles and 87 yards), with eight hurdles to be jumped.

1:30 Tue 15 Mar SUPREME NOVICES' HURDLE

Distance: 16f 87y Age: 4yo + Prize: £135,000 Going: Good

Analyst's Verdict

Another small-field Supreme but a cracking curtain-raiser nonetheless. The Nicky Henderson-trained pair JONBON and Constitution Hill defend unbeaten records under Rules, and in the hope the former gets a good pace to aim at for the first time in his hurdles career, he appeals as being the bet at the prices. Dysart Dynamo looked a bit special at Punchestown and has to be feared.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. BRING ON THE NIGHT
J: B. J. Cooper
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-7
* *
* *
Fairly useful dual-Flat winner in 2020 for Andre Fabre. Expertly prepared to make winning hurdles debut at Naas 16 days ago, and while this a totally different ask, he's a nice prospect. Tongue tied.
2
jockey silks 2. CONSTITUTION HILL
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
5
11-7
* * * *
* * * *
Irish point recruit who has looked something out of the ordinary under Rules in two runs at Sandown, his debut effort backed up by the clock and his Tolworth success all class. Very exciting prospect.
3
jockey silks 3. DYSART DYNAMO (IRE)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-7
* * * *
* * * *
Free-going sort but looked a bit special when extending unbeaten run to 4 in Moscow Flyer Novices' Hurdle at Punchestown. Limit not yet reached and could be a tough nut to crack.
4
jockey silks 4. JONBON (FR)
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Nicky Henderson
6
11-7
* * * * *
* * * * *
Brother to top-class Douvan and could be of similar standard himself, stretching his unbeaten record to 5 (including a point) in Grade 2 at Haydock in January. Well-run race would really suit. Player.
5
jockey silks 5. JPR ONE (IRE)
J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
5
11-7
*
*
Winner of novice hurdles at Exeter and Taunton this winter and even better form when narrowly denied here in between. No impact in the Betfair Hurdle and this a tough race to bounce back in.
6
jockey silks 6. KILCRUIT (IRE)
J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-7
* * *
* * *
Second in the Champion Bumper last year and made winning hurdles debut in April. Suffered brace of surprising defeats in December but, back in trip and tongue tied, he got it right at Punchestown.
7
jockey silks 7. MIGHTY POTTER (FR)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
5
11-7
* * *
* * *
Benefited enormously from experience in Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse when resuming winning ways in Future Champions Novices' Hurdle at Leopardstown. Will stay further and a likeable type.
8
jockey silks 8. SHALLWEHAVEONEMORE (FR)
J: Joshua Moore
T: Gary Moore
5
11-7
* *
* *
Won sole bumper start and opened account over hurdles at third attempt with a bloodless display at Sandown in February. Similar form when second in the Dovecote but he could do with settling down.
9
jockey silks 9. SILENT REVOLUTION (IRE)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
6
11-7
*
*
Winning bumper form pretty ordinary but displayed willing attitude to make successful reappearance/hurdles bow (having had a wind operation) at Newbury in November. Off since and this asking a lot.

Betting Forecast : 9/4 2.25 DYSART DYNAMO, 5/2 2.5 CONSTITUTION HILL, 5/1 5 JONBON, 13/2 6.5 KILCRUIT, 12/1 12 MIGHTY POTTER, 40/1 40 BRING ON THE NIGHT, 50/1 50 SHALLWEHAVEONEMORE, 125/1 125 SILENT REVOLUTION, 125/1 125 JPR ONE

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is the first event on the opening day of the Festival, and its start is traditionally greeted by the ‘Cheltenham Roar’, a loud cheer from the crowd as the runners are sent on their way by the race starter.

First run in 1946, the race was known as the Gloucestershire Hurdle until 1974 and used to be split into more than one division due to the number of horses trying to win the race. As a result, the great Vincent O’Brien was able to record 10 victories in the race in an eight-year period during the 1950s.

Past Supreme Novices' Hurdle winners have usually ended up as top hurdlers, including Bula (1970) and Golden Cygnet (1978), while the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner L’Escargot (1968) also won the race.

The best Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winners since the turn of the century include the 2004 victor Brave Inca , who went on to win the Champion Hurdle two years later. Captain Cee Bee beat the fellow J.P. McManus-owned Binocular in a thrilling finish, while future Champion Chase hero Sprinter Sacre was only third to Al Ferof in 2011.

Sprinter Sacre was trained by Nicky Henderson , and the Lambourn trainer saddled the first and third in 2016 with Altior and Buveur d’Air split by the Willie Mullins ace Min.

Labaik won the following year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with Summerville Boy getting the better of Kalashnikov in the 2018 renewal.

In terms of Timeform ratings, the best Supreme Novices’ Hurdle performances have been produced by Irish horses. Champagne Fever produced the best winning performance this century until the emphatic 2015 success of his stablemate Douvan .

The most successful Supreme Novices' Hurdle trainer in recent times is Willie Mullins, who has won it six times, with: Tourist Attraction (1995), Ebaziyan (2007), Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014), Douvan (2015) and Klassical Dream (2019).

The most successful Supreme Novices' Hurdle jockey in recent times is Ruby Walsh, who has won it six times, with: Noland (2006), Al Ferof (2011), Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014), Douvan (2015) and Klassical Dream (2019).

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Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2022 FAQs

What is the distance of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

2 miles and 87 yards

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

8

What day of the festival is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

Day 1

What time is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

13:30

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.

What is the purse for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

£125,000 (2018)

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

Ruby Walsh

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

Willie Mullins

Who won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

You can check out our Supreme Novices' Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?

Click the link to visit our Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1972

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NEXT RACE SMART STATS

22% Dr Richard Newland's strike rate with hurdlers running between 2m2f and up to 2m6f (saddles CALL THE FAIRIES)
25% Dr Richard Newland's strike rate in summer (saddles CALL THE FAIRIES)
28% Brian Hughes's strike rate when riding a hurdle as their only ride at the meeting (rides TOUGHASOLDBOOTS)
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