When is the first race of Cheltenham Festival? Supreme Novices’ Hurdle preview, tv schedule, race time, tips, runners, riders and odds

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THE Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening contest on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival – and it really gets the juices flowing!

Here’s all you need to know about the curtain-raiser to get you in the mood.

Summerville Boy won last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
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When is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, what’s the distance and which sort of horses can enter?

The 2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 13.30 (1:30pm).

It’s a Grade 1 National Hunt novices’ hurdle run over two miles, for novices aged four years and upwards.

Who is running in the 2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?

How can I watch the race?

The race will be broadcast live on Racing TV and ITV.

ITV1 is on Sky channel 103 and Virgin channel 103.

You can watch Racing TV on Sky Channel 426 and Virgin Media Channel 536.

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  3. Tips & news – get a steer from the best tipsters in the business in our news tab

Head over to the App Store to download it for free.

Who won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2018?

Summerville Boy (9-1) came with a thundering rattle to get up in the 2018 renewal, just getting the better of Kalashnikov (5-1).

Which jockeys and trainers have won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle the most? 

Willie Mullins is the leading trainer, having won the race five times. Ruby Walsh is the winningmost jockey, also with five victories. The pair have teamed up three times, with Champagne Fever, Douvan and Vautour.


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What are the top tips for the race? 

Supreme Novices' Hurdle tips

TemplegateGRAND SANCY  (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)

Matt ChapmanARAMON  (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)

Wizard Of OddsAL DANCER  (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)

Trends KLASSICAL DREAM  (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)



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