Talking Horses: Brillare Momento carries favourite tag at Cheltenham

The opening novice hurdle often provides a reliable pointer towards future success and Brillare Momento is the horse carrying strong form into the race

A fascinating novice chase in which Sceau Royal, sixth home in last season’s Champion Hurdle, takes on two highly-rated graduates to fences is the obvious feature event on the first card of the new campaign at Cheltenham this afternoon, but in recent years, it is the opening novice hurdle which has been a more reliable pointer towards future top-class success.

The New One, one of the best British-trained hurdlers of the last decade, took the Showcase meeting’s first race back in 2012, while Vicente, the Scottish Grand National winner in 2016 and 2017, beat the subsequent Festival winner Present View in the 2014 renewal.

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