The Supreme Novices Hurdle, often referred to simply as the Supreme, is the curtain raiser at the Cheltenham Festival and the race is famously greeted by the Roar of the Prestbury Park crowd.

Betting on the Supreme Novice Hurdle is often competitive, though we have had a few short priced favourites in recent years. Having said that, there is a wide open look to the race this year with Ballyburn expected to go for the Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle.

One who could take advantage is Jeriko Du Reponet - a talking horse coming into the season but he has done little wrong on the track thus far. He didn't inspire confidence the last day but the form of that race looks strong enough and he is an appealing price at 8/1.

He's unbeaten in three starts over hurdles, winning the Grade 2 Rossington Main Novices Hurdle on his most recent run. Nicky Henderson fans will be hoping that Jeriko du Reponet can clinch another Supreme Novices Hurdle for the Seven Barrows team.

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The clock is ticking and the 2024 Cheltenham Festival is edging closer. Ballyburn tops the current Cheltenham betting odds for the Supreme with 888sport but there are a few others lurking in the market.

The likes of Tullyhill and Mystical Power give Willie Mullins a strong hand in the race, even without the odds on favourite. One thing is for sure, whether Ballyburn runs here or not, it's going to be a scintillating spectacle to open the 2024 Festival!

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Steven is a sports and horse racing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 30 renewals of the Grand National.