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Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £75964.5
  • 2m 0f 87y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
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Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1111 D

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Won his first three starts (2m, good/good to yielding) then landed the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in December, when he did well to get up by a head having had to wait for room in the straight before a momentum-stalling mistake at the final flight; could be a key player.

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5th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:25 Leopardstown

Marine Nationale

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

Unbeaten; 2-2 in bumpers, 3-3 over hurdles, including the Royal Bond and the Supreme Novices', in which he was highly impressive in beating Facile Vega in a strong edition in which Irish horses filled the first eighth places; produced a stunning display on his chasing debut here at Christmas; looks an exceptional talent.

2/5

1st

6

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Marine Nationale

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

jumped well, made all, travelled strongly, going easily 2 out, shaken up and went clear run-in, impressive

2/5

1st

10

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Marine Nationale

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

Won his first three starts (2m, good/good to yielding) then landed the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in December, when he did well to get up by a head having had to wait for room in the straight before a momentum-stalling mistake at the final flight; could be a key player.

4/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-1115 C BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

It's disconcerting that he flopped behind stablemate Il Etait Temps at Leopardstown last month, even allowing for likelihood that he set off too fast to do himself justice; unbeaten previously (on ground ranging from heavy through to good to yielding), however, including in last season's Champion Bumper here and when readily beating Il Etait Temps in the Grade 1 Future Champions at Leopardstown; strong claims if rediscovering his star potential.

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3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Facile Vega

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has raced only at 2m-2m1f; versatile ground-wise; an exciting horse early in career and has performed well in both Cheltenham Festival attempts, winning the Champion Bumper in 2022 then runner-up in the Supreme last year; beaten twice since scoring on debut over fences but wasn't disgraced in the Irish Arkle latest; may take his form to the next level over this new trip, being out of Quevega who won the 2m4f Mares' Hurdle at this meeting six times; very interesting with that in mind.

15/8

3rd

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:25 Leopardstown

Facile Vega

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

soon raced in second, joined leader after 3 out, challenging when carried left before last, not fluent and pecked on landing last, soon lost second and ridden, no match for first two

9/2

4th

1

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Facile Vega

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Top bumper horse two seasons ago, winning all four starts, including Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Punchestown; won three of his five starts over hurdles last season, and second in the Supreme Novices'; had an excuse at this venue in February; gradually warmed to his task on his chasing debut at Navan; room for improvement in his jumping; hard to oppose.

2/7

16/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form: 61 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Useful French Flat winner (10.5f, good) who returned from a long layoff to make his hurdle debut at Leopardstown in December, and improved a bundle from that run when easily winning a maiden at Punchestown (2m, soft); this is a much tougher task and others have achieved more (including his three stablemates) but he was impressive last time and the ceiling of his ability could lie at a lofty level; wears a first-time tongue-tie; not ruled out each-way.

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5th

1

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 100y

16:15 Punchestown

Diverge

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

led, briefly headed after 1st, 3 lengths ahead halfway, reduced lead before 3 out, headed 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off

3/1

3rd

3

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Diverge

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Useful French Flat winner (10.5f, good) who returned from a long layoff to make his hurdle debut at Leopardstown in December, and improved a bundle from that run when easily winning a maiden at Punchestown (2m, soft); this is a much tougher task and others have achieved more (including his three stablemates) but he was impressive last time and the ceiling of his ability could lie at a lofty level; wears a first-time tongue-tie; not ruled out each-way.

16/1

1st

3

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:47 Punchestown

Diverge

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, led and made rest from 5 out

9/4

Form: 112 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Made it 2-2 under rules when winning a Grade 2 at Naas (2m4f, soft) in December; today's stiff track could help him improve upon last month's second in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle (2m, yielding) at Leopardstown but he has about 10l to find with the winner Il Etait Temps.

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2nd

5

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 0y

15:15 Navan

Inthepocket

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent in chasing group, took keen hold when some headway 7th

6/4

Form: 5-4121 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Only fifth in the Triumph last year but has improved in a hood this term, finishing 4l second to stablemate Facile Vega in the Grade 1 Future Champions at Leopardstown (2m, soft) before impressive win in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle there (2m, yielding; hot favourite Facile Vega flopped); could again play leading role under regular rider Danny Mullins.

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1st

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Il Etait Temps

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Seems versatile ground-wise; Grade 1 winner at about 2m over hurdles and fences, latterly in this season's Irish Arkle at Leopardstown; did well to finish third in the Arkle at Cheltenham (2m) most recently, having made some errors, and he shaped as if this return to a longer distance is well worth exploring; smart 6yo who has clear possibilities, particularly granted a better round of jumping.

3/1

3rd

5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Il Etait Temps

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

didn't jump well, in touch with leaders, mistake and dropped to rear 7th, bad mistake and stumbled 4 out

6/1

1st

3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:25 Leopardstown

Il Etait Temps

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, not fluent 3rd, headway before 2 out, switched left before last, ridden when went second after last, soon challenging, led final strides

14/1

Form: 11/13 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

2-2 in bumpers in spring 2021 (2m, yielding) and returned from a long absence to win on hurdle debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December; remains open to improvement but he was a near-10l third of six to stablemate Il Etait Temps in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown (2m, yielding) last month and others have stronger credentials.

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5

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Aintree

Dark Raven

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has lost an unbeaten record since upped in class but far from disgraced in those two Grade 1 races, sixth in the Supreme at Cheltenham (soft) latest; major player if he stays the new trip (first go beyond 2m).

4/1

6th

2

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Dark Raven

11st 7lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

2-2 in bumpers in spring 2021 (2m, yielding) and returned from a long absence to win on hurdle debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December; remains open to improvement but he was a near-10l third of six to stablemate Il Etait Temps in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown (2m, yielding) last month and others have stronger credentials.

25/1

3rd

1

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Leopardstown

Dark Raven

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, not fluent 1st, left in fourth just after 4th

12/1

Form: 1U D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Went close in Group 1 on the Flat last May and, despite failing to shine on his final few Flat starts, he beat some talented rivals to win on hurdle debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December; mid-race unseat in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle subsequently; has plenty of potential in this code given his peak Flat ability but there is a worry about his jumping; this race is likely to expose any frailties in that department.

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2nd

3

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

High Definition

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced in second, not fluent 2nd, not fluent 7th, joined leader before 3 out, ridden after 2 out, led home turn, headed approaching last, no extra when hit rail and stumbled after last, kept on, no match for winner

9/1

7th

7

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

High Definition

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Went close in Group 1 on the Flat last May and, despite failing to shine on his final few Flat starts, he beat some talented rivals to win on hurdle debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December; mid-race unseat in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle subsequently; has plenty of potential in this code given his peak Flat ability but there is a worry about his jumping; this race is likely to expose any frailties in that department.

14/1

3

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Leopardstown

High Definition

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced in second, mistake 1st, joined leader 2nd, mistake then pecked on landing and unseated rider 4th

7/1

Form: 1213 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Made his debut only in December and won a big-field maiden at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January on his second hurdle start; he was receiving weight from the first two when third in the Grade 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran (2m, soft to heavy) last month but it was still a highly creditable run behind two experienced class acts in Fil Dor and Sharjah, and this very lightly raced 6yo could have more to offer for his top trainer; interesting.

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3

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Doctor Bravo

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

Has made good strides since his debut in December, never really landing a blow but best run yet when eighth in a strong renewal of the Supreme Novices' last month; steps up in trip now and leading claims.

5/1

8th

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Doctor Bravo

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Made his debut only in December and won a big-field maiden at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January on his second hurdle start; he was receiving weight from the first two when third in the Grade 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran (2m, soft to heavy) last month but it was still a highly creditable run behind two experienced class acts in Fil Dor and Sharjah, and this very lightly raced 6yo could have more to offer for his top trainer; interesting.

20/1

3rd

4

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:17 Gowran Park

Doctor Bravo

11st 1lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Bumper winner; chased home Dark Raven in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day and made it 2-3 with Down Royal maiden hurdle win last month; much more on his plate but entirely unexposed.

9/2

Form: 12111 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

3-3 over hurdles (2m/2m1f, good/good to soft; unraced on softer); the wins have come in relatively weak races and he needs to prove he can cut it against much classier opposition today, but he's been winning in style and it's difficult to pin down the limit of his ability; one of two runners for trainer who saddled the second and third at sizeable odds in 2019.

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1st

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Strong Leader

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Absent since running well in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham (good to soft; wore cheekpieces; Grade 2) 11 weeks ago on first attempt over 3m; unexposed at this trip and his Aintree form includes a good second in Grade 1 novice (2m) at this meeting last year; possibilities.

9/1

3rd

7

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Strong Leader

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 2nd

8/1

4th

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Strong Leader

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

Fair ninth in Supreme Novices' here (2m, soft) in March and second in Grade 1 Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree (2m, good to soft) next time; back to form when second in Grade 2 Ascot Hurdle (2m3f, good) in November and this lightly raced 7yo is a possible improver, but it's needed in this field.

5/1

10/1

Form: 21-111 D

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Point and bumper winner who has been highly progressive this season and made it 3-3 over hurdles (1m7f/2m, good to soft/soft) when winning the Grade 1 Tolworth at Sandown (2m, soft) in January; travelled really well last time before idling in front and, with stamina appearing to be a strong suit, this stiff finish up the hill should be right up his street; respected.

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2nd

5

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:27 Kempton

Tahmuras

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Grade 1 winner as a novice hurdler last term; never going well on debut over rules fences but has fared much better in cheekpieces since, defying top weight in novice handicap at Aintree (2m4f, soft) then creditable second at Exeter (2m3f, heavy); headgear retained; another strong Pendil contender for Paul Nicholls, who has won this race 13 times.

2/1

2nd

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 48y

Class 2

14:05 Exeter

Tahmuras

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Grade 1 novice hurdle winner; disappointing on final two starts last season and, after wind surgery, same again on chase/seasonal debut in November; cheekpieces, however, saw a career best when he won a six-runner novice handicap chase at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day, leading four out and finding plenty when challenged; good chance if that is repeated.

15/8

1st

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

Tahmuras

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent on outer, went second 10th, pressed leader 11th, led and going best 4 out, faced challenge from 2 out, sustained duel with runner-up approaching last, kept on well run-in, won going away

11/4

Form: 311 CD

Last run: 121 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Flat scorer, including on soft, who won a maiden here (2m, good) in October on his second hurdle start and followed up in the Grade 2 Supreme Trial here (2m, good) in November when last seen; however, it wasn't a great race for the grade last time; a long way down the pecking order on form.

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2

(2)

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 109y

Class 4

19:55 Doncaster

Fennor Cross

9st 9lb

J: Donagh O’Connor

T: John C McConnell

1st

19

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Fennor Cross

11st 1lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Needs to jump better than in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last month; however, in the circumstances that staying-on 22l 11th of 14 was a pretty positive run in the context of him now being in a handicap and up in trip; could be sharper since that first start in four months and he won a Cheltenham Grade 2 novice (2m, good) last November; won on soft on Flat; interesting.

9/1

11th

6

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Fennor Cross

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Flat scorer, including on soft, who won a maiden here (2m, good) in October on his second hurdle start and followed up in the Grade 2 Supreme Trial here (2m, good) in November when last seen; however, it wasn't a great race for the grade last time; a long way down the pecking order on form.

66/1

Form: 1-111 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Point and bumper winner who remains unbeaten having won his three hurdle starts (all 2m, good to soft; unraced on softer); he's yet to tackle a Graded race and others have more substance to their form, but he's had something to spare for all three hurdle wins and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie; one of two for trainer whose two previous runners in this race finished second and third in 2019 at 28-1 and 25-1; each-way possible.

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2nd

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

16:00 Kelso

Chasing Fire

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders on outer, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, went second last, kept on well run-in

5/1

4th

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 1

13:10 Wetherby

Chasing Fire

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Olly Murphy

raced wide throughout, held up in last, disputing third 10th, outpaced before 4 out

15/2

0

2

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

Chasing Fire

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders when unseated 1st

9/2

Form: 162 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

German Flat winner who scored on his hurdle and stable debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) in October; however, he's been beaten twice since and would be a shock winner in this field.

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7th

11

(5)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Palace Boy

8st 3lb

J: George Rooke

T: Ralph J Smith

In great form since joining new yard and switched to AW, winning twice at Wolverhampton (1m6f) then good second, just over 1l behind Spartan Army, at Southwell (2m); now gets a 7lb pull with that rival and remains of strong interest.

5/1

2nd

4

(10)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

17:05 Southwell (AW)

Palace Boy

9st 9lb

J: George Rooke

T: Ralph J Smith

led narrowly or disputed lead, headed but prominent after 2f, outpaced over 2f out, rallied and went second 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no match for winner

11/4

1st

8

(4)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 4

13:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Palace Boy

9st 6lb

J: George Rooke

T: Ralph J Smith

held up in last

7/2

Form: 1-1112 D BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Lost his unbeaten rules record when Listed runner-up at Huntingdon (2m3f, good) last month and that performance suggests he's up against it today; however, he wasn't at his best last time and two starts ago he beat subsequent Grade 2 winner Rubaud when making most to win at Kempton (2m, soft; other wins came on good ground); he's not a forlorn hope each-way.

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11th

2

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Rare Edition

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Charlie Longsdon

Upwardly mobile type with 5-9 strike-rate under rules; built on reappearance run when winning six-runner race at Kempton (2m, good to soft) five weeks ago; probably at least as effective over this distance; open to further improvement but he'll need it off 3lb higher and in a much stronger race.

11/2

1st

1

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Kempton

Rare Edition

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Charlie Longsdon

raced in second, led home turn, mistake 2 out, soon ridden, good jump last, kept on well run-in

10/11

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Exacta £170.00
Straight Forecast £144.00
Tricast £2325.00
Trifecta £2218.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Il Etait Temps

The Guardian:

Marine Nationale

SPOTLIGHT:

Facile Vega

The Times:

Strong Leader

WEST COUNTRY:

Tahmuras

D Express:

High Definition

The Star:

Marine Nationale

Daily Record:

Marine Nationale

TOPSPEED:

Il Etait Temps

POSTDATA:

Il Etait Temps

Daily Mail:

Il Etait Temps

Daily Mirror:

Il Etait Temps

The Sun:

Il Etait Temps

Telegraph:

Facile Vega