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A field of nine will go to post in the first race of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, on Tuesday at 1.30pm. Nicky Henderson duo Constitution Hill and Jonbon lead the home charge while Willie Mullins’ Dysart Dynamo is one of four Irish runners.
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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runners
Bring On The Night
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: B. J. Cooper Age: 5 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Nico de Boinville Age: 5 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: P. Townend Age: 6 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Aidan Coleman Age: 6 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
Trainer: Colin Tizzard Jockey: Brendan Powell Age: 5 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: Mr P. W. Mullins Age: 7 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: J. W. Kennedy Age: 5 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
Trainer: Gary Moore Jockey: Joshua Moore Age: 5 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobden Age: 6 Weight: 11st 7lbs
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.
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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle tips
Timeform: Another small-field Supreme but a cracking curtain-raiser nonetheless. 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.
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