THE Supreme Novices Hurdle looks to be a cracker this year. Last year’s winner Cinders and Ashes is this year entered in the Stan James Champion Hurdle where he has a great e/w chance writes Milesey. My Tent Or Yours caught the eye of everyone with some pulsating performances. Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old heads into the race after his facile success in the Betfred Hurdle and the way the superstar cruised to victory in the hottest two-mile handicap hurdle of the season will live long in the memory. With the likes of Irish raider Jezki, Paul Nicholls’ Dodging Bullets and Willie Mullins’ Un Atout also taking their chance in the race, My Tent Or Yours will have to be every bit as good as he looked at Newbury Jezki arrives having won all four of his hurdle runs this season, including the last two in Grade 1 company. The first came in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) when beating Champagne Fever just over 1l, before a 6l defeat of Waaheb in the Future Champions Novice at Leopardstown over Christmas (2m, soft). Anyway, the lack of a recent run and his poor run here last year in the Champion Bumper are off putting, despite his admirable winning streak in Ireland where he has brushed aside everything put in front of him with relative ease.
Melodic Rendezvous have shortened up after a recent demolition job of previously unbeaten Puffin Billy at Exeter. This horse has won three of his four hurdle outings, the third of which came in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown in January (2m1f, heavy).
Un Atout (trained by Willie Mullins) is unbeaten in three starts, the five-year-old has yet to come off the bridle in landing a bumper and two hurdle races.
Paul Nicholls’ Dodging Bullets have won a Grade 2 over C&D in November before getting stuck in the mud when third in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. He can be expected to bounce back from that defeat for Nicholls, who won this race twice since 2006.
Champagne Fever has won two of his four runs this season, including last time out in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown 31 days ago. He does also hold an entry in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle, so non runner no bet would be preferred if backing. He also comes here as the reigning Champion Bumper winner, with three of the last ten winners of the Supreme having contested that race a year earlier.
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