In terms of pulsating sporting atmosphere, it doesn’t really get much better than the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices Hurdle.
A whole season of jumps racing has been preparing for this four-day extravaganza at Prestbury Park and punters are at fever pitch in anticipation for when the tapes are lifted in the Supreme Novices Hurdle.
Once the runners are released for the two mile novice hurdle feature, punters will also be hoping that they have kicked off their 2013 Festival with a win over the bookmakers.
Millions will be watching from the comfort of their own home too, via the terrestrial live coverage, or more likely to be from the various live streaming that bookmakers provide especially for the Cheltenham Festival.
Bookmakers Coral are one of the many bookmakers that stream every live race of the Festival via their well-regarded online betting website.
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All punters need to do to access the HD coverage is to sign up to an account with Coral, place at least a £1 bet on the Supreme Novices Hurdle, and the race will be accessible at the click of a button.
However, the bet placed has to be have struck on the day of the race. Any ante-post bets placed will not be valid to claim the live stream.
Last year’s renewal was one that produced a very popular winner in the form of Cinders And Ashes, who was trained by Donald McCain and came in the year when his legendary father Ginger passed away.
Taking the race up three furlongs from home, the Phil Cunningham-owned gelding, strode clear up the stands rail to delight punters that had taken the 11/1 on his chances.
The result was yet another blow for favourite backers in this race as Darlan, who was well punted on by many of the locals, could only finish second.
He will be back this year though, and again, will go off a warm order for this time the Champion Hurdle. Darlan’s defeat follows in the footsteps Amaretto Rose (2007), Cousin Vinny (2009), Dunguib (2010) and Cue Card (2011), all of whom, were well backed on the day but ended up being a well beaten favourite.
You have to go back to 2004 and Brave Inca’s victory for the last winning favourite.
That losing favourite trend could be broken this year though, as Jezki from the Jessica Harrington stable, looks likely to be a very hard to beat favourite judging by his form from Ireland.
The Harrington-trained five-year-old has won all his three starts this since being thrown into novice hurdle company.
A routine win at Naas in the Fishery Lane Hurdle was backed up with back-to-back Grade One wins in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse and the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.
That looks the premium form to concentrate on and many punters have snapped up the 4/1 available with William Hill, with the likelihood that his price will be a lot shorter come the first day of the Festival.
Nicky Henderson, a man with an imperious record at the Festival, has yet to taste success in the Supreme Novices Hurdle in 24 attempts but the trainer may have a star on his hands this year with My Tent Or Yours.
Henderson is very keen to train the winner of this race and the word from his stable is that he rates this as one of his best chances of the week.
He can be backed at 20/1 with Ladbrokes.