2023 Cheltenham Festival Runners | Entries For Supreme, Triumph, Ballymore & Albert Bartlett Hurdles Revealed

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It’s seven weeks till the tapes go up at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival and as the excitement continues to simmer, Tuesday saw the entries for the Novice Hurdles races revealed – the Supreme, Triumph, Ballymore and Albert Bartlett

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Facile Vega Heads 67 Entries for the 2023 Cheltenham Festival opening race
  • Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – Hermes Allen hoping to give Paul Nicholls his first success in this Festival contest
  • Triumph Novices Hurdle – Willie Mullins and Ricci look to follow-up with Lossiemouth
  • Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – 10 of the 77 entries coming from the Willie Mullins yard

2023 Cheltenham Festival Novice Hurdle Entries Revealed

On Tuesday 24th January – exactly seven weeks before the start of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival – the latest entries for the Novice Hurdle races – Supreme, Ballymore, Triumph and Albert Bartlett – were revealed.

Of course, the final fields for each race will again be whittled down in the build-up, with the final runners for each Cheltenham Festival race declared 48 hours before race day.

Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
(1:30pm, Tuesday March 14th, 2023)
Entries: 67 (34 Irish-trained)

The traditional Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser race – the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – saw a total of 67 horses hold their ground, with 51% of those Irish-trained.

The Cheltenham result for this race 12 months ago, saw the Nicky Henderson-trained Constitution Hill bolt-up and he’s progressed this season be the red-hot favourite for the 2023 Champion Hurdle – run later on the day one card. The Seven Barrows handler has Jet Powered, Persian Times and Luccia entered this year as he tries to land the prize for a sixth time.

However, with seven wins in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle it’s the Willie Mullins yard that have the best record and they could easily be adding to that again with their classy Facile Vega heading the betting for the race with all bookmakers.

Last season’s Champion Bumper winner has impressed with his transition to hurdles – winning both starts to date and could be next seen in action at the Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday 5th February in the Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle, before heading to Prestbury Park.

Note: Facile Vega has also been entered in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle (Weds 15th March)

Latest Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Betting:

  • 4/5 Facile Vega
  • 9/2 Marine Nationale
  • 12/1 Tahmuras
  • 12/1 Gaelic Warrior
  • 12/1 High Definition
  • 14/1 Impaire Et Passe
  • 14/1 Rare Edition
  • 20/1 bar
  • Note: Odds are subject to change

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
(1:30pm, Wednesday March 15th, 2023)
Entries: 98 (49 Irish-trained)

There’s another big Irish presence for the opening race on day two – the Ballymore Novices Hurdle – with 50% of the 98 entries at this stage coming over from the Emerald Isle – a race they’ve won 8 times in the last 9 runnings.

But, despite this big influx of Irish runners, it’s the Paul Nicholls-trained Hermes Allen that will be a strong Cheltenham betting tip for the Ballymore Hurdle.

Part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, he was last seen winning the Challow Hurdle at Newbury in impressive fashion and at the time of writing is 3-from-3 over hurdles. If making the final line-up, he’ll be hoping to give Nicholls his first Festival winner in the Ballymore Hurdle.

Latest Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Betting:

  • 5/2 Hermes Allen
  • 10/3 Impaire Et Passe
  • 7/1 Gaelic Warrior
  • 10/1 Champ Kiely
  • 14/1 Facile Vega
  • 18/1 Good Land
  • 20/1 In The Pocket
  • 20/1 Irish Point
  • 25/1 bar
  • Note: Odds are subject to change

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JCB Triumph Hurdle
(1:30, Friday March 17th, 2023)
Entries: 59 (29 Irish-trained)

Almost half the field again are Irish-trained in the Triumph Hurdle too, with 29 of the 59 entries and it’s also one of Ireland’s runners that’s been heading the betting.

The Willie Mullins-trained Lossiemouth, who is owned by Mrs S Ricci, tops the market with most bookmakers after catching the eye in winning all three of her starts over hurdles, including the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle on Boxing Day.

The 4 year-old is entered for the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival, which is often a good guide for the race and a prize the 2022 Triumph Hurdle winner – Vauban, who is also owned by Ricci and trained by Mullins – also won.

Mullins also has the current second favourite in the Triumph Hurdle betting with Blood Destiny, who has also impressed since joining the yard (2-from-2) and has a Spring Juvenile Hurdle entry as well.

Latest Triumph Hurdle Betting

  • 6/5 Lossiemouth
  • 7/2 Blood Destiny
  • 8/1 Gala Marceau
  • 11/1 Jupiter Du Gite
  • 12/1 Scriptwriter
  • 16/1 Comfort Zone
  • 20/1 bar
  • Note: Odds are subject to change

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
(2:50, March 17th, 2023)
Entries: 77 (37 Irish-trained)

The final of the Novice Hurdles at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival – the Albert Barlett – has a more competitive betting feel, with the Henry De Bromhead-trained Hiddenvalley Lake one of those disputing the favourites berth after two solid wins at Naas and Cork.

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is also a race the Willie Mullins yard love to win – they’ve landed the gold medal three times since 2017 – and of the 37 Irish-trained entries Mullins has 10 possible runners – Embassy Gardens, Grangeclare West, Ho My Lord, Quais de Paris, Seabank Bistro, Shanbally Kid, Sir Argus, Spanis Harlem, Eabha Grace and Walk In The Brise,

Latest Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Betting:

  • 11/2 Hiddenvalley Lake
  • 7/1 Embassy Gardens
  • 8/1 Sandor Clegane
  • 10/1 Corbetts Cross
  • 10/1 Grangeclare West
  • 12/1 Champ Kiely
  • 12/1 Favori De Champdou
  • 12/1 Three Card Brag
  • 12/1 American Mike
  • 14/1 Indiana Dream
  • 16/1 bar
  • Note: Odds are subject to change

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