Supreme Novices Hurdle Tips 2022 (Cheltenham 1.30pm Day 1 First Race): Preview, Trends and Analysis

Jonbon horse

The Supreme Novice’s Hurdle is arguably the race that brings the biggest roar from the Cheltenham crowd, as it is the first race of the week and the first chance punters have to get a win against the bookies.

It has been dominated by Irish trainers in recent years, there have been five Irish-trained winners in the last eight years, four of which were from the stable of Willie Mullins.

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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Main Contenders

  • Constitution Hill
  • Dysart Dynamo
  • Jonbon
  • Kilcruit
  • Mighty Porter

 

Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill is the current fav and brings 2 impressive performances at Sandown on both soft and heavy ground. The turn of foot he showed on hurdles debut to brush aside a smart one in Might I showed what level of horse we have here. He backed that up by easily despatching his rivals in the G1 Tolworth as his odds suggested he would. The form of that race wasn’t exactly enhanced when 2nd Jetoile finished last in the Betfair hurdle.

Constitution Hill has only been right-handed and hasn’t encountered good ground yet but I believe this horse can do anything and has the speed to burn. He seems a very relaxed horse who would easily cope with the noise of a Cheltenham Festival Day 1 crowd.

 

Dysart Dynamo

Dysart Dynamo has won both his hurdle starts by 19 lengths including the G2 Moscow Flyer (usually the race Willie targets his main Supreme Novices Hurdle fancy). The form of the horses in behind on both occasions can be questioned but he couldn’t have been more convincing. A bumper winner at 2m2f last season may have suggested that 2 ½ miles would have been a minimum this season but Willie has kept him at the minimum trip knowing that Supreme winners have to be able to stay to be competitive.

 

Jonbon

The talking horse for the majority of the winter has been the £570k purchase of Douvan’s full brother, Jonbon. A winner of all his bumper (1) and hurdle (3) starts, I don’t think we have seen the best of this horse and Nicky Henderson’s Cheltenham 2022 stable tour suggests that too. He has had 1 more start over hurdles than his main market rivals and his jumping stands out the best on the eye.

Despite being unbeaten there seems to have been some crabbing of his form and ability which I would put down to his reputation more than anything else. He has had to make the running on his first 2 starts as they crawled from the flag drop and this would have inconvenienced him. He gave weight to his rivals on his last start when winning at Haydock and without looking sensational on the eye like other contenders, he battled, quickened, and won comfortably enough. His form has been boosted slightly in the last week with Elle Est Belle winning the Sidney Banks and I Like to Move It finishing a close 2nd in the Betfair.

 

Kilcruit

The Ante post favourite at the start of the season was Kilcruit who was so impressive as a bumper horse. This season hasn’t been as straight forward though and he has been beaten at 2m (when 1/14) and 2m4 (when 4/9) in his first 2 outings. He has since won a maiden at 2m and seemed to benefit greatly with the application of a tongue-tie. He can be competitive if he can sort his breathing out as finishing off his races was a problem in his first 2 starts.

 

Mighty Porter

Mighty Potter is a horse not to be forgotten about. The highly thought of Gordon Elliott charge was only 3rd in the G1 Royal Bond in November but this was a slowly run race that didn’t suit and the ground was on the quick side for him. He got nis nose in front next time over Xmas when winning the Future Champions G1 on his referred soft ground. He definitely has an EW chance and will benefit from a strongly run race on soft ground.

 

2022 Supreme Novices Hurdle Betting Tip

Dysart Dynamo will represent the Mullins yard here, along with Kilcruit. Kilcruit is a horse coming into favour with a number of pundits and Patrick Mullins has said that that is the horse he’d like to ride in the race given the choice.

However, my selection for this race is going to be JONBON. The Nicky Henderson yard form is a slight concern but Jonbon has done nothing wrong so far and his quick, low jumping is perfect for a Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He’s gone on to win the Grade 2 Howden Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot and the Grade 2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle and better ground than his last outing at Haydock puts him right in the mix.

JONBON to win the Supreme Novice Hurdle –  Jonbon (4/1)

 

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Supreme Novice’ Hurdle Trends 2022

  • Age – 11 of the last 12 winners were aged 5 or 6
  • Price – 3 of the last 12 favourites/joint favourites have won, 9/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
  • Last Run – 10 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before Cheltenham, 10/12 winners ran within the last 59 days. 4/12 winners ran in the Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle (Leopardstown) on their last run, 4 of the 4 won, 0 placed
  • Previous Course Form – 6/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 2/12 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham
  • Previous Distance Form – 11/12 winners had at least 3 previous runs over 15-17 furlongs, 12/12 had at least 2 previous wins over 15-17 furlongs
  • Previous Hurdle Form – 10/12 winners had at least 4 runs over hurdles, 11/12 winners had at least 2 wins over hurdles
  • Rating – 10/12 winners were rated 144 or higher
  • Graded Wins – 10/12 winners had at least previous win in a grade 1-3 race
  • Season Form – 12/12 winners had at least 2 runs that season, 10/12 winners had at least 3 runs that season, 11/12 winners had at least 2 wins that season

 

Supreme Novices Hurdle Last 10 Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Age
2010 Menorah Richard Johnson Phillip Hobbs 5
2011 Al Ferof Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls 6
2012 Cinders and Ashes Jason Maguire Donald McCain 5
2013 Champagne Fever Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 6
2014 Vautour Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 5
2015 Douvan Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 5
2016 Altior Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson 6
2017 Labaik Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott 6
2018 Summerville Boy Noel Fehily Tom George 6
2019 Klassical Dream Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 5
2020 Shishkin Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson 6
2021 Appreciate It Paul Townend Willie Mullins 7

 

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