Cheltenham Festival 2023

Cheltenham Festival 2023 Ante-Post Portfolio

Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle: High Definition 25-1 each-way (3-places)

3rd January 2023

The tickets for the Club & Festival Lounge Package along with the train travel (strikes permitting) are booked; the countdown to the Cheltenham Festival 2023 has well and truly begun. 

The first of the Cheltenham Festival bets for 2023 was actually placed on Christmas Eve (see blog post) when I took 25-1 each-way (3-places) with Corals about High Definition for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle.

He was due to run in the All About Sunday Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown on Boxing Day and duly won the two-mile event making just about every yard, there was the odd mistake on the way, before drawing clear on the flat after the last. The five-year-old is now down to as low as 14’s for the Festival race. Facile Vega remains the red-hot favourite but it has to be said wasn’t exactly brilliant the day after when winning the G.1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle over the same track and trip at long odds-on, though is clearly the best in the division at the moment. High Definition can only improve and and I am happy enough with the bet. Speaking after the four-and-a-quarter-length success at Leopardstown trainer Joseph O'Brien said of the one-time Derby favourite that was trained by his father Aidan "He was a bit green at a couple and having to make the running on his first run over hurdles wasn't ideal, but that's the way it panned out. I'm pleased with him. He was a high-class Flat horse so you would be hoping he can make it into Graded company over hurdles. Obviously you would be looking at Cheltenham but he'll have to run somewhere between now and then. The Dublin Racing Festival is probably an obvious option but whether we want to go straight into that class or take baby steps, we'll have to see. I don't know how long it's been since a horse rated as highly as him on the Flat went hurdling."