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Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2024 Odds: Mystical Power favourite in field of 12

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is the curtain-raiser at the Cheltenham Festival and Mystical Power is the pre-race market leader after a field of 12 runners was confirmed.

Willie Mullins has the horse at the top of the betting after final declarations were made, and the seven-time winner of the race is looking for his first success since Appreciate It reigned supreme back in 2021.

With the likes of stablemates Tullyhill and Mistergif, Gordon Elliott's Firefox and the Henry De Bromhead-trained Slade Steel also in the picture, it promises to be one of the most open renewals of the race in recent history.

Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2024 Odds

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Mystical Power

The leading Mullins contender is the John P McManus & Mrs John Magnier & Mrs S Ricci-owned Mystical Power, who has won all three of his starts at Ballinrobe, Galway and Punchestown.

The five-year-old's last two victories have both been by seven lengths and there still looks to be plenty of improvement in the bay gelding.

Tullyhill

The form of Tullyhill so far this season will give Mullins plenty of encouragement that between him and Mystical Power, he has the winner of this race within his yard.

Back to back wins in Ireland have led Tullyhill down the supreme path and he is expected to challenge in the opening race of the Festival.

Firefox

Gordon Elliott's chief runner is Firefox and he managed to get the better of Ballyburn over two miles in December, winning the Kettles Country House Hotel Supporting Fingal Ravens GFC Raceday Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Firefox was subsequently upped to 2m4f in a Grade 1 Novice Hurdle at Naas, where he struggled to stay the distance and could only finish fourth.

Connections have decided to drop back to 2m1/2f for the Supreme and that could spark a return to winning ways.

Jeriko Du Reponet

Nicky Henderson's leading light for the Supreme is Jeriko Du Reponet and there is a lot to like about his chances, with three straight victories recorded since joining this yard.

The five-year-old struck at Newbury on debut in December before following that up with an impressive victory at the same venue 29 days later, when James Bowen was deputising for Nico de Boinville.

Jeriko Du Reponet's current Supreme hopes were strengthened further when claiming the spoils at Doncaster in January, fending off Lump Sum to win by a length-and-a-quarter.

Slade Steel

The six-year-old racked up back-to-back victories and Naas at Navan before finishing second last time out and an improvement will be needed to claim the spoils at Prestbury Park.

Having Rachael Blackmore booked for the ride will boost his chances of success, but there is still a lot to do to challenge the market leaders.

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