2019 Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds, Tips: Supreme Novice Hurdle

Written by:
Alistair Prescott
Published on:
Mar/08/2019

Gambling911.com has your odds to win the Supreme Novice Hurdle at this year's Cheltenham Festival.  The Supreme Novice Hurdle will take place Tuesday 12th March 2019.

Racing Tips

Racing Tips UK from the Racing Post's Lewis Porteous specific to the Supreme Hurdle has Angels Breath (5-1 odds) as the potential surprise winner in this yea'rs Supreme Novice Hurdle.  He does note that favorite Al Dancer owns that status coming into Tuesday's race for a reason, pointing out that he "was mightily impressive in the Betfair Hurdle and has already won over hurdles at Cheltenham". Outside of Angels Breath, Al Dancer rates the most likely winner with Fakir D’Oudairies and Elixir De Nutz among the dangers.

Due to his second place finish in the Dovecote at Kempton last month, Angels Breath’s odds were slashed from the favorite status to 5/1.

Following that defeat, British bookmakers had Angels Breath as long as 16-1.  The longest odds we would find as of Friday morning were 5/1.

Sportinglife's Ashley Iverson says it's all about Al Dancer as the rest of the competition is severely lacking.

She writes: "Al Dancer has been faultless this season, winning each of his four starts - and won the Betfair Hurdle at Ascot with plenty in hand. There is every chance he can get the home team off to the perfect start."

Al Dancer has maintained his unbeaten record for the season that included his decisive victory in the Betfair Hurdle at Ascot.

Cheltenham Supreme Hurdle Odds

Al Dancer 7/2 

Angels Breath 5

Fakir Doudairies 6

Elixir De Nutz 15/2

Klassical Dream 10

Mister Fisher 11

Grand Sancy 12

Aramon 14

Vision Dhonneur 16

Felix Desjy 22

Itchy Feet 25

Thomas Darby 25

Rouge Vif33

Gardens Of Babylon 40

The Big Bite 40

More to Know About This Race

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race open to horses aged four years or older and features a purse of £125,000 effective this year (2019).

Taking place at the Old Course at Cheltenham, the Supreme Novices’ is run over a distance of about 2 miles and ½ furlong (2 miles and 87 yards, or 3,298 metres).  It is traditionally the first event of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Yes Al Dancer and Angels Breath headline this race, but there are a few other long shots worth mentioning.

Fakir Doudairies had the third shortest odds of winning the Supreme Hurdle at 6/1.  Initially this horse's entry into the race was to be a last minute decision after a successful Irish debut at Cork in early January.

Trainer Joseph O'Brien appeared to be leaning towards the Supreme Hurdle already last month.

He said at the time: "He looked very good in Cheltenham the last day and I think he has a big chance wherever he's going to go.

"I suppose it would make sense to split them up and Sir Erec doesn't have entries in the novice races, whereas Fakir does.

"The logical thing would be for him to go for one of the novices and Sir Erec to go to the Triumph, but the horses have a full preparation to go through and they have to get there in one piece.

"I actually quite like running horses against each other - I have no problem doing it. A lot of people try to split horses up and if one horse is second to another they get very frustrated, but as long as one of them is in front, I don't mind."

Elixir De Nutz has decent 15/2 odds.  All other horses are in the double digits.

What's at Stake for Bookmakers With This Year's Cheltenham Festival

News headliners coming into the 2019 Cheltenham typically involve the potential damage a contender can do to the books with a victory.  This year's "horse to watch" is one Paisley Park.

A 7/4 favourite to win the Stayers’ Hurdle, Paisley Park was seeing the most early money, 60% in fact.  That was up from 45% just a few days ago.

By comparison, Faugheen at 9/2 odds had 13% of the public backing.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said of Paisley Park: "This year, Emma Lavelle's hope Paisley Park is by far the biggest liability, with a whopping £10m potentially resting on the result of the seven-year-old.

"There haven't been many more impressive runs this season than Paisley Park at Cheltenham in January, where Emma Lavelle's 7yo stormed up the hill to win by 12 lengths

"The likes of 2018 winner Penhill and Samcro being ruled out of the race in recent weeks will have only struck more fear into bookmakers and they will be praying Faugheen 'the machine' can roll back the years."

Lavelle said: “The horse has done all that has been asked of him. We can do no more so we’ll hope for the best. To a point, because of our expectations any disappointment would be heightened, but we’d have to take it on the chin.”

2019 Cheltenham Festival Schedule

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Supreme Novices Hurdle Ballymore Novice Hurdle JLT Novice Chase Triumph Hurdle
Arkle Chase RSA Chase Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle County Hurdle
Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Coral Cup Ryanair Chase Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle
Champion Hurdle Champion Chase Stayers Hurdle Cheltenham Gold Cup
Mares Hurdle Cross Country Chase Brown Advisory Plate & Merribelle Stakes Foxhunters Chase
Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Mares Novice Hurdle Grand Annual
National Hunt Chase Champion Bumper Kim Muir Challenge Cup Martin Pipe Conditional Jockets Handicap Hurdle

- Alistair Prescott, Gambling911.com

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