Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.20pm, Tuesday)
For one year only the famous Cheltenham roar will not greet the start of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle but all of us watching on from home should enjoy a cracking opening race for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
The competitive nature of the race is laid bare by the varying opinions among the Freebets.com Cheltenham Preview Night team with cases made for each of the top three in the betting.
Appreciate It (5/4 with bet365*) is described as “rock solid” by Melissa Jones and while Ed Quigley agrees that Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old is the right favourite, he has concerns about his pace on drying ground and believes that Ballyadam (11/2 with 888sport*) can serve it up to Appreciate It.
There was also a word for Metier (4/1 with Paddy Power*) from eight-time former champion jockey, Peter Scudamore, who wonders whether he would be a shorter price were he representing an Irish trainer.
*Cheltenham odds correct at the time of writing. All odds are subject to change.