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13:20 - Supreme Novices Hurdle

Unfortunately for the first time in its history we won’t hear the famous Cheltenham Roar that usually goes hand in hand with the first race, the Supreme Novices Hurdle, of the four day festival.

Despite the lack of crowd noise it doesn’t make the action on the turf any less appealing.

The novices take centre stage to kick start the week and although it seems a boring and pretty obvious selection I cannot look past the favourite. Trainer Willie Mullins has a solid record in the race and his seven year old Appreciate It should take all the beating. In the build up I was adamant that I wanted to find a horse to take him on but as the number of rivals diminished as we got closer to the race the various options to go against him dwindled. As such I’ve now been left with no other choice than to succumb to the fact that Appreciate It is likely to take home the spoils.

That may seem a tad unfair on the unbeaten Metier who’s done little wrong in three starts so far but I just feel the market leader has fewer questions left to answer. I couldn’t dismiss Harry Fry’s runner entirely but I just feel he’d have to improve more to give his biggest rival anything to think about.

Metier looks the favourites biggest danger.

Ballyadam has been a consistent type however looks somewhat lacking when it comes to dining at the top table and Blue Lord, although hailing from a top yard, is most likely capable of finishing in the placings at best.

Favourite backers should be left happy as we kick off the meeting.


written by Rory Paddock


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