The eagerly anticipated 2013 Supreme Novice’s will take place on Tuesday 12th March and is always guaranteed to go off at a fast and furious gallop which looks will suit Willie Mullins’ contender Un Atout.
Following the impressive win of the Gigginstown House Stud owned Un Atout at Naas on Saturday, Boylesports have cut the French bred five year old to 7/1 (From 14/1) for the Supreme Novices Hurdle on the opening day of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
Boylesports also have some excellent specials ahead of the Cheltenham Festival with Willie Mullins currently available at 3/1 to be top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival.
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports, commented: “Un Atout looks to have a bright future ahead of him and no doubt his owner Michael O’Leary will be flying high if he manages to land the opening race at Cheltenham.”
Favourite for the race is the Jessica Harrington trained Jezki 7/2.A daunting fact for many ante-post punters is all of the last eight favourites have been beaten in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, dating back to Brave Inca in 2004, and of these, five have been Irish, including four since 2008. Although Ireland has won the race six years out of the last eleven many will be cautious in backing the “Irish Banker”.
Jezki despite all statistics, has been the outstanding novice of the season and is a worthy short priced favourite. Jessica Harrington has confirmed her charge is set to head straight to the Cheltenham Festival in March without another run.
The five-year-old stretched his unbeaten record over hurdles to four with a marvellous display at Leopardstown over the Christmas period and leading owner JP McManus has since purchased the gelding.
“He will be a better horse on better ground. He will probably go straight to Cheltenham,” Harrington told At The Races.
“I haven’t really talked to Frank Berry (McManus’ racing manager) yet, but the horse was always going to have a bit of a break now and we’re basically going to train him for Cheltenham and then Punchestown.”
Every year Ireland is well represented by a strong team of novices for the festival opener.. Jezki looks to be the most impressive novice of the season and at 7/2 represents value as he more than likely will be shorter on the opening day of the festival. Un Atout was extremely impressive at the weekend in Naas. Although this will be a much tougher task, the strong gallop will suit him and the French bred gelding can improve further and can be a real threat to Jezki at 7/1.