Supreme Novices’ Tips

  • 28/12/2019
  • 1:30
  • The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

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2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tip

Shishkin still offers value sitting on 11/4 and that price will likely get shorter as we draw closer to the meeting. I, however, would rather side with a horse with proven Grade One pedigree, so I’m going to side with another of the Donnelly’s flag-bearers in ASTERION FORLONGE.

Willie Mullins’ grey looked an outstanding prospect when winning a maiden at Naas in January, despite a few wayward leaps. Although he was still jumping out to his right at Leopardstown, Asterion Forlonge’s hurdling improved significantly in the Chanelle Pharma and the turn of foot he displayed to see off Easywork was extremely impressive.

I think there’s plenty more improvement to come from this horse. Asterion Forlonge can improve greatly in the jumping department and looked a little green when he hit the front at Leopardstown. You cannot ignore the turn of foot this horse possesses and, being unbeaten in four career-starts so far, he clearly has the attitude of a winner.


The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

The traditional curtain raiser for the Cheltenham Festival, the roar that erupts from Prestbury Park as the starter sends the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runners on their way can be heard for miles around. Only the slickest novice will be good enough to triumph over this trip and earn themselves a spot in horse racing folklore.

Flyingbolt and L’Escargot won the Supreme during the 1960s and they’ve since been joined on the honour’s boards by Brave Inca, Douvan and Altior, who all went on to secure more prestigious prizes at future Cheltenham Festival.

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