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2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips – Three Horses To Follow

  • We take a look through the betting for the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • The Supreme is the opening race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival
  • We’ve picked out three horses to follow who could turn into Supreme Novices’ Hurdle contenders during the upcoming season
  • We’ve also highlight two horses who don’t currently feature in the betting who could also be worthy tracking in 2020/21
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Flinteur Sacre will be pointed at the Supreme Novices' Hurdle this season. (Getty)

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is one of the most looked-forward-to races of the season. The roar that erupts from the crowd when the starter sends the runners on their way can be heard for miles around, and many winners of the Supreme go onto achieve great things over hurdles and fences at future Cheltenham Festivals.

2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Odds

Best Odds
Ferny Hallow11/1
Appreciate It16/1
Flinteur Sacre20/1
Forged In Fire20/1

Champion Bumper winner, Ferny Hallow naturally heads the market. I’ve always thought he was more of a staying prospect though, just like Appreciate It, and I could see Willie Mullins pointing his novices at the Ballymore and the Albert Bartlett respectively. Ballyadam also features prominently in the Supreme market, but Gordon Elliott could have his sights set on another victory in the Ballymore with him too.

Behind the top two, there are plenty of names to consider. Here are my three to follow for the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, and two who haven’t been priced up.

2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips – Jump Horses To Follow

Flinteur Sacre

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Nicky Henderson won his fourth Supreme with Shishkin last season, and it’s easy to see why Flinteur Sacre is so fancied for the 2021 edition. A full brother to Henderson’s legendary chaser, Sprinter Sacre, much was expected of this newcomer when he made his bumper debut last season. Flinteur Sacre looked very green that day, but kept on well to place second behind Your Darling – a young horse Ben Pauling holds in very high regard.

Flinteur Sacre made no mistake on his second bumper start, brushing aside some decent rivals without ever coming out of second gear. If he takes to jumping as well as his older brother did, then there’s no reason why Nicky Henderson won’t be celebrating a fifth Supreme win come March 2021.

Micro Manage

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Willie Mullins is yet to point Micro Manage at hurdles under rules. Instead, he’s kept this son of three-time Group One winner, Rip Van Winkle resigned to the flat thus far in his career. 

Micro Manage received short quotes for the 2020 Triumph Hurdle, following victories at Tipperary and the Curragh. Mullins resisted the urge to send his four-year-old to Cheltenham last year, instead waiting until August to give his charge a couple more runs on the flat. Micro Manage placed third in the Irish St Leger Trial this summer, before finishing down the field in that fabled Irish Classic.

All thoughts will now turn to hurdling, and Mullins has been quite vocal about the fact he thinks this could be his Supreme horse in 2021. Micro Manage clearly has plenty of talent, and I expect this gelding to progress up to Graded level rather quickly this term.

Get In The Queue

Get In the Queue was one of the most exciting bumper runners in 2019/20. Harry Fry’s charge recorded an impressive time when scooting home at Exeter on his second start, and had no trouble carrying a penalty to victory on his final outing of the campaign at Newbury. 

Sadly for Fry, his budding stable star had to miss the entirety of the last campaign through injury. Now fully recovered, Get In The Queue is expected to take very well to hurdling. His new owners, Masterson Holdings Limited may just have brought themselves a likely Supreme Novices’ Hurdle contender. He could feature amongst many expert's Cheltenham Festival day one tips.

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Get In The Queue winning a bumper in the colours of his old owners, The Rooneys. (Getty)

2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips - No Odds


One horse who caught my attention in bumpers last season was Faivoir. Dan Skelton’s charge was beaten on debut at Huntingdon, but looked much improved seeing off a well-backed Gordon Elliott raider at Bangor on his second outing. 

Faivoir then rubber-stamped his potential with a penalty-carrying victory at Huntingdon, where he looked to have plenty left in the tank in securing a comfortable win under Bridget Andrews. This son of Coastal Path should make up into a very exciting jumper for team Skelton this term. 

Wide Receiver

Gordon Elliott has a fantastic record in the novice hurdles races at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years, and I think Wide Receiver could be one of his best hopes in the Supreme. Elliott and Gigginstown splashed out £410k to purchase this strapping young horse following an impressive point-to-point win. 

Wide Receiver won his first bumper start, displaying an eye-catching turn of foot to see off the future Champion Bumper seventh. Although he was beaten by Eric Bloodaxe, and again in Grade Two company at the Dublin Racing Festival, Wide Receiver remains a very exciting prospect and I think two miles will be his ideal trip during the 2020/21 National Hunt season.

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