2016 Supreme Novices Hurdle Betting Preview PT 1- By A.J. Ryder on February 9, 2016 18:16 GMT
We are getting closer by the day to the 2016 Cheltenham Festival and the big opening contest is always the most overbet race of the festival but always one of the most exciting. There are two types of Supreme Novice iterations and they either boast a very strong very hyped favourite horse who stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of punter support, or there is a three or fourway battle for the position as lukewarm favourite.
This year it appears to be the former rather than the latter was Min comes into the Supreme Novices Hurdle as the slim betting favourite with a price as high as a 13/8 margin.
There are a few bookmakers who have Min trading at an even money price tag to get the victory but most are still hovering a fair bit ahead of the evens listing. Min comes into the race after taking a pair of Punchestown contests by significant margins at particularly short prices.
The French-bred five-year-old by Walk In The Park really hit form when handed over to Mullins and given a year between races at Auteil and his debut in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown. He came up against a tough field of 21 contenders and still mustered up a massive 14 length victory against them all when sent off at the price of 4/11.
He followed up that promising run just under a month later when he took the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Hurdle by nearly 10 lengths and was sent off this time at a very slim price of 1/7. The word “easily” terminates each of the comment lines from those races and that serves as good reminder that this is a contender who is still yet to be tested.