Supreme Novices Hurdle



12th March 13:30

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Supreme Novices' Hurdle
Horse Name bet365 logo
Al Dancer 7/2
Fakir D'oudairies 4/1
Angels Breath 11/2
Klassical Dream 8/1
Elixir De Nutz 10/1
Mister Fisher 12/1
Aramon 12/1
Grand Sancy 14/1
Champagne Platinum 14/1
Battleoverdoyen 14/1
Band Of Outlaws 16/1
Felix Desjy 20/1
Vision D'honneur 20/1
Thomas Darby 20/1
Getaway Trump 20/1
Annamix 25/1
Blackbow 25/1
Brewin'upastorm 25/1
Scarlet Dragon 25/1
Tornado Flyer 33/1
Commander Of Fleet 33/1
Itchy Feet 33/1
Didtheyleaveuoutto 40/1
Galvin 40/1
Anytime Will Do 40/1
Fast Buck 40/1
The Big Bite 40/1
Mister Blue Sky 40/1
Gardens Of Babylon 40/1
Valdieu 40/1
Bright Forecast 40/1
Heatstroke 40/1
Surin 40/1
Relegate 50/1
Danny Kirwan 50/1
Bullionaire 50/1
Face The Facts 50/1
Tokay Dokey 50/1
Buildmeupbuttercup 50/1
Jetez 50/1
Bakmaj 50/1
Beacon Edge 50/1
Cash Back 50/1
Castlebawn West 50/1
Dancing On My Own 50/1
Easy Game 50/1
Eclair De Beaufeu 50/1
Sams Profile 50/1
Sancta Simona 50/1
Zenon 50/1
Francin 50/1
Rouge Vif 50/1
Karl Der Grosse 66/1
Breaken 66/1
Come To Me 66/1
Entoucas 66/1
Lone Wolf 66/1
Prince D'aubrelle 66/1
Chosen Mate 66/1
Benny's Bridge 66/1
Authorizo 66/1
Concertista 66/1
Elite Charboniere 66/1
Encore Champs 66/1
Greaneteen 66/1
Konitho 66/1
Lethal Steps 66/1
Anemoi 80/1
Triplicate 80/1
Whoshotthesheriff 80/1
Brandon Castle 80/1
Due Reward 80/1
Remastered 80/1
Yaa Salaam 80/1
Extra Mag 80/1
Raya Time 100/1
Umndeni 100/1
Earth Day 125/1
Coko Beach 125/1
Edelpour 125/1
Notebook 125/1
Strong Glance 150/1
The Flying Sofa 150/1
Thistle Do Nicely 150/1
Weather Front 150/1
Ashutor 150/1
Beaufort West 150/1
Mercy Mercy Me 150/1
Normal Norman 150/1
Reverend Jacobs 150/1
The Tartan Spartan 150/1
Twin Star 150/1
Devil's Glen 200/1
Jamessaintpatrick 200/1
Thistimenextyear 200/1
Fauguernon 250/1
Kingston Girl 400/1

The Supreme Novices Hurdle is always a fascinating and pulsating betting heat. Punters love getting stuck into the so-called ‘good thing’ at the head of the market.

But what way will this year’s hot-pot go?

Will Getabird follow in the footsteps of stablemates Douvan and Vautour or will he become another Min, My Tent Or Yours and Cue Card – all of whom were beaten at short prices in the Cheltenham Festival opener.

It’s hard to argue with the credentials regarding the chances of Getabird.

He could well be the next superstar off the Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci production line, judging by his performance in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Hurdle at Punchestown – race which has been won by Douvan and Vautour in the past and both of those two ended up winning the Supreme.

The way Getabird skipped round Punchestown was impressive but it was the final quarter of the race which got tongues wagging.

Mengli Khan simply had no answer to Getabird’s staying power over the final two furlongs – a trait which will surely come to the fore at Cheltenham.

Getabird will have no problem with the hill under Ruby Walsh, who has either finished first or second in the Supreme Novices Hurdle in six of the last seven years, mostly riding for the Mullins outfit.

However, at the prices currently being offered on Getabird’s chances, 7/4, there is no room for error.

You’d want everything to be perfect if you’re looking to start the Festival with a short price favourite going in.

In this case, there is a nagging doubt surrounding his chances, which is worrying me and it regards his ability to show his best form at a left-handed track like Cheltenham.

Although this may end up being a minor foible, on his hurdling debut when beating Impact Factor at Punchestown he jumped violently to his right at the final flight when Paul Townend asked him to extent away from the runner-up.


Furthermore, during his bumper campaign he also had a tendency to wander towards his right when asked a question by his jockey.

If you watch his win when a 1/10 shot at Gowran Park last January he made very hard work of getting the job done – my theory is this was because he was originally racing against a left-handed rail up the run-in.

This meant when asked for major effort he drifted right where there was no rail to run against and he hung under pressure all the way across.

He ended up winning by less than two lengths, clearly underperforming to what he subsequently showed he was capable of.

We haven’t yet seen Getabird tested properly left-handed as his impressive victory last time out was on a right-handed track, where he raced right up against the rail, so we didn’t see his jumping come under scrutiny.

Cheltenham is a left-handed track and my main worry for Getabird is when they get racing about two hurdles out there could be a possibility of the favourite jumping right and therefore losing considerable ground against fellow top-class rivals.

In contradiction, in the Supreme, up the run in, they do end up drifting right towards the stands anyway, so he still may well overcome this potential problem in his jumping make-up.

However, this potential problem with a left-handed track is more than enough to put me off taking a short price in the Festival opener.

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