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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2022 TOP TIP: Dom’s NAP | Tuesday’s Best Bet

Our best fancy for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival

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The runners line-up at Cheltenham at The April Meeting
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL SELECTION: Jonbon | 1:30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

The Cheltenham Festival starts with a cracker in its Tuesday opener with a host of chances in the 2022 renewal of the Supreme.

However, the vote goes to Nicky Henderson’s JONBON, who is tipped to fare better than his Tolworth-winning stable-mate, Constitution Hill.

The latter has been impressive at Sandown on his two appearances under rules, but hasn’t beaten a lot and could be found out by the quicker ground and switch to a right-hand track.

JP McManus’s expensive purchase, after the full brother to Douvan won a point-to-point at Dromahane, has remained unbeaten since his switch to Seven Barrows and Tuesday rider Aidan Coleman has been in the plate on each start over hurdles.

Jonbon Cheltenham
Jonbon ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman wins the Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle at Newbury Racecourse

In his wake, he has left behind the likes of subsequent winners Good Risk At All, Elle Est Belle, Nells Son and Betfair Hurdle-second I Like To Move It.

He looks to boast the solid form in this contest, particularly with Sir Gerhard now heading to the Ballymore, and can get the home nation off to a flier here.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 17, 2021 Rachael Blackmore wins the 4.50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Sir Gerhard Pool via REUTERS/Alan Crowhurst
Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit will not reoppose at the Cheltenham Festival this year after their clash last term

A slick jumper with no reliance on certain ground types, he looks the value selection here.

Dysart Dynamo got a freebie at Punchestown but can hardly be disregarded for these connections, while Kilcruit put the pieces together well last time out but perhaps still has questions to answer in this sphere.

watch: jonbon heads to the cheltenham festival with a haydock win under his belt [credit: racing tv]

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.