The start of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is an exciting time for those who bet on Cheltenham. This is the festival curtain raiser and the start of four days’ worth of top quality action.
The Supreme brings together the best two mile novice hurdlers, with potential Champion Hurdle horses of the future on show.
Being the first race of the week, this is a perfect place to start using Cheltenham free bets. A free bet and an early winner at the festival is the perfect confidence boost for punters.
After a hugely impressive win over the Christmas period, when he had Ballyadam in behind, Appreciate It sealed his place as being the one to be on in the opening race of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. He then confirmed his ability further with a win at the Dublin Racing Festival in February.
The Willie Mullins runner was an excellent second in the bumper in 2020, and can get the better of his rivals to go one better over hurdles in 2021.
He showed his liking for the hill last year, and with the Irish contenders looking stronger than the British so far, it makes sense to go with the best of the Irish runners, which is Appreciate It.
Since winning in February to further enhance his credentials, Appreciate It has been well backed and is now as short as 5/4 for the first race on Tuesday.
Ballyadam has drifted, and is now with Henry de Bromhead, he is 6/1.
If you want to back a British runner then two are towards the head of the market. Recent Betfair Hurdle winner Soaring Glory is available at 7/1, while Metier is a little shorter at 6/1.
Many punters will be looking at these horses for each way value, but Appreciate It is the one they have to beat and is rock solid at the head of the market.
*Odds correct at time of publication