Supreme Novices Hurdle Odds 2023

Constitution-Hill at the supreme novices hurdle

Constitution Hill rates a lively contender for this year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The Supreme Novices Hurdle is the traditional opening race for the four-day Cheltenham Festival. Notable early winners of the race include Flyingbolt (1964), L’Escargot (1968) and Bula (1970). In more recent seasons it has been won by Vautour (2014) and Douvan (2015), two of a record seven winners trained by Willie Mullins in Ireland. Nicky Henderson has won it four times, most recently with Altior (2016) and Shishkin (2020).

The latest Supreme Hurdle odds suggest that Mullins and Henderson will fight out the finish this year. Mullins has several options including Dysart Dynamo and Sir Gerhard. He could also run the highly-talented Kilcruit and State Man, although both horses have alternative Cheltenham Festival entries. Henderson has the current ante-post favourite in Constitution Hill as well as the expensive purchase Jonbon. Both horses go to the Festival unbeaten over hurdles and in what is likely to be a fiercely competitive betting race.

Supreme Novices Hurdle Odds and Entries 2023

This year’s entry looks particularly strong and it is not yet certain which horse will start favourite in the Supreme Novices Hurdle 2023 betting. Nicky Henderson’s Jonbon has been as short as 3-1 earlier in the season but can now be backed as high as 5-1, despite winning all three starts.

He was particularly impressive when beating Good Risk At All by six lengths at Newbury in November. The runner-up is among the market leaders for the Coral Cup after an easy recent win at Ascot. Jonbon won the Grade 2 Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle decisively at the same venue before winning in heavy ground at Haydock in January.

Ironically, it was his stable companion Constitution Hill who displaced him in the Supreme Novices Hurdle betting. He won by 14 lengths at Sandown on his hurdling debut in December before taking the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle by a similar margin in January. The going was very testing that day but Constitution Hill powered clear in the style of an exceptional horse.

Willie Mullins has yet to finalise running plans for the novice events but Dysart Dynamo looks certain to run here. The son of Westerner won by 19 lengths in the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in January. His Supreme Novices Hurdle odds were slashed to around 3-1 after that success. Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit finished first and second in last season’s Champion Bumper. The former has been the more impressive over hurdles but both have the option of running in the longer Ballymore Novices Hurdle.

Latest Supreme Novices Hurdle Betting odds*

*Best prices correct at time of writing

Constitution Hill             9-4

Dysart Dynamo               3-1

Sir Gerhard                      7-2

Jonbon                               5-1

Kilcruit                              9-1

Mighty Potter                12-1

State Man                        16-1

El Fabiolo                        16-1

Three Stripe Life            25-1

I Like To Move It            28-1

Bring On The Night      33-1

My Mate Mozzie           33-1

Supreme Novices Hurdle News

A feature of the Supreme Novices Hurdle odds this season has been the confidence behind Constitution Hill ahead of his stable companion Jonbon. Trainer Nicky Henderson was at pains to point out that they have never worked together and are very different types of horses. Jonbon looks all quality while Constitution Hill is probably the horse you would side with if it turns into a slog. It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Novices Hurdle betting develops on the day.

There is a similar conundrum facing supporters of the Willie Mullins stable. The winning-most trainer in Cheltenham Festival history was responsible for 16 of the 39 entries at the latest declaration stage. Of those, Dysart Dynamo is currently the shortest priced runner but is only half a point shorter than Sir Gerhard, a six lengths winner of a Grade 1 Hurdle at Leopardstown in February.

Kilcruit was only half a length behind Sir Gerhard in last season’s Champion Bumper but did not get off the mark over hurdles until the third attempt. State Man and Fabiolo are others from the Mullins stable who could make their presence felt. They each won with plenty in hand on their most recent outings.

Gordon Elliott looks likely to run Mighty Potter and Three Stripe Life. They fought out the finish of the Grade 1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown after Christmas, Mighty Potter winning by a length and a half. I Like To Move It is currently a 28-1 chance in the Supreme Novices Hurdle odds. He was last of five behind Jonbon at Ascot but reappeared to be beaten only a short-head in the valuable Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. He is currently rated 138, 7lbs below Jonbon and 10lbs inferior to Constitution Hill.