Cheltenham Tips: Our Supreme Novices Hurdle Pick For Tuesday's Opening Race

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Cheltenham Tips: Our Supreme Novices Hurdle Pick For Tuesday's Opening Race
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With Ballyburn having been withdrawn from the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the market now has a wide open feel about it on betting sites

It will be interesting to see whether Tullyhill or Mystical Power goes off favourite for this curtain raiser as punters are hoping to get the meeting off to a flyer.

Both of these horses are trained by Willie Mullins, with Firefox and Slade Steel coming next in the betting. 

The former runs for Gordon Elliott but was a disappointing fourth place last time out, while the latter goes for Henry de Bromhead and should be capable of going close.

Mystical Power has banked three consecutive wins and the five-year-old looks to have solid credentials to land a victory. 

Mark Walsh is on board the horse who scored at Punchestown in mid-January, with his previous success coming at Galway.

Tullyhill is a talented six-year-old who has claimed back-to-back successes coming into the Cheltenham Festival, with the horse having enjoyed a nine-length win at Punchestown last month, with a similarly impressive triumph coming at Naas in January.

Supreme Novices' Hurdle @ Cheltenham 1.30pm - Jeriko Du Reponet (each-way) @ 7/1

Jeriko Du Reponet looks like the forgotten horse in the Cheltenham odds for this year's Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, as he aims to give Nicky Henderson his fourth win in the race in nine years.

A winning point-to-pointer at Kirkistown last year, he won in facile fashion on his next two starts at Newbury.

He was then stepped up to Grade 2 class at Doncaster, where he showed a good attitude to win by just over a length.

The five-year-old beat Lump Sum and Fiercely Proud that day, who both boosted the form by finishing first and second in the Dovecote novices hurdle a month later.

The frantic pace of a Supreme will suit Jeriko Du Reponet and he represents very strong each-way value at 7/1 with some horse racing betting sites paying four places.

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