1.30 Cheltenham tips: Paddy pundits’ best bets for today’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Paddy's pundits try to get off the mark in the Festival opener.


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Well, well, well, what a race we have to kick off what promises to be four days of blockbuster action at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Sure, it’s a small field for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at 1.30pm but sometimes size doesn’t matter… What it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality.


Nicky Henderson pitches unbeaten duo Constitution Hill and Jonbon into the mix while Moscow Flyer winner Dysart Dynamo and last season’s Champion Bumper second Kilcruit lead the Irish challenge as the home and away teams look to get the first point on the board in the battle for the Prestbury Cup.

Paddy’s giving away a FREE £/€5 bet to every customer to spend on any of today’s seven races, and if you’re wanting to place your freebie on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle then you’re in luck as we’ve gathered our experts’ best bets in one handy place below.

1.30 Cheltenham tips

Gina Bryce: Last year’s thrashing by the Irish raiders may have left many with confidence low heading into his year’s Festival but in CONSTITUTION HILL I think the UK have an ace in the pack to take an early lead. Two strong staying, impressive performances at Sandown on differing surfaces are major positives about a laidback horse who should have the ideal temperament to deal with the 70,000 strong crowd he’ll be faced with come Tuesday. The manner in which he pulled clear accelerating off heavy, testing ground in the Tolworth really took my eye and I think he can follow in the footprints of Nicky Henderson’s former recent winners of the race Shishkin and Altior.

Matt Chapman: What a cracking opener. Like many, I was blown away by CONSTITUTION HILL on his debut at Sandown and he did nothing to suggest that opinion was not correct on his second start. That was in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at the same track in January when he thrashed Jetoile by 12l. Nico de Boinville was gooey after that success and Nicky Henderson seems to think he’s exceptional. Hopefully he’ll get the blog off to a flying start.

Mick Fitzgerald: Nicky Henderson runs two in Constitution Hill and Jonbon. The latter is the one whose form has been franked numerous times all season but my only concern is he is a highly-strung individual. He is getting better all the time, but this is a different test. The buzz from the crowd will be massive and how will he cope with that? CONSTITUTION HILL has no concerns on that score and is a thorough professional. I was a little worried about how he would cope with quicker ground and watching him schooling last week, that is not going to be a problem. He may get a little outpaced early, but he will come home strong. I take him to get the UK-trained horses off to a flyer.

Frank Hickey: MIGHTY POTTER is a little underestimated despite being a Grade 1 winner. A well run race will suit and promises to fly up the hill.

Timeform: The Nicky Henderson-trained pair JONBON and Constitution Hill defend unbeaten records, 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.

Ruby Walsh: Dysart Dynamo and Kilcruit are both in great form and they’ve got real chances. There’s a lot of talk about Constitution Hill too. However, I’m with JONBON. I’m not a huge believer in pedigree but dry ground and Walk In The Park springs to mind.

1.30 Cheltenham tips summary:

Gina Bryce – Constitution Hill
Matt Chapman – Constitution Hill
Mick Fitzgerald – Constitution Hill
Frank Hickey – Mighty Potter
Timeform – Jonbon
Ruby Walsh – Jonbon

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