Cheltenham

  • 13:30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 46.40s
  • Off time: 13:30:30
13:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Vautour (FR) 7/2
2nd Josses Hill (IRE) 14/1
3rd Vaniteux (FR) 11/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/42312 Red, Light Blue Cross of Lorraine and armlets, White cap Fantasy King 15
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-7 James Moffatt B Hughes 120 150/1151.00
2 1-1124 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Garde La Victoire (FR) 59
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 P J Hobbs R Johnson 138 33/134.00
3 2-325 Emerald green and black stripes, red cap Germany Calling (IRE) 17
Nag me
5 11-7 t C E Longsdon N Fehily 100/1101.00
4 1311 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Gilgamboa (IRE) 45
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 E Bolger A P McCoy 140 9/110.00
5 1111 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Irving 17
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 149 7/24.50
6 2112 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Josses Hill (IRE) 59
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 N J Henderson A Tinkler 148 14/115.00
7 00-3131 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Sgt Reckless 39
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 M R Channon D Elsworth 130 33/134.00
8 251215 Royal blue, red epaulets, halved sleeves Sky Khan 3
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 e R C Guest Jake Greenall 123 100/1101.00
9 241331 Royal blue, red star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Splash of Ginge 31
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 142 20/121.00
10 141-115 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star The Liquidator 59
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 D Pipe T Scudamore 142 12/113.00
11 40-1311 Black, black and maroon striped cap Three Kingdoms (IRE) 74
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 140 33/134.00
12 130-1 Light blue, maroon stripe, striped sleeves and cap Un Ace (FR) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 K C Bailey Aidan Coleman 40/141.00
13 61-11 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Valseur Lido (FR) 80
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 W P Mullins B J Cooper 142 16/117.00
14 34-141 Grey, White epaulets Vaniteux (FR) 33
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 143 11/112.00
15 22-111 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Vautour (FR) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 155 7/24.50
16 24-2112 White, emerald green sash, emerald green cap Western Boy (IRE) 59
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 P A Fahy D N Russell 141 20/121.00
17 211111 Purple, orange seams, purple cap, orange star Wicklow Brave 37
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 142 8/19.00
18 20-11FF Dark blue, white cross belts, red and white hooped sleeves and cap Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 A King R Thornton 25/126.00

Verdict

The Irish dominated this traditional Festival opener at the start of the century but the home team have fought back in recent years, though Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh won it 12 months ago with Champagne Fever who goes in the next. The pair team up this year with Vautour and he's unbeaten since arriving at Muine Beag, though was made to fight all the way by Western Boy at Punchestown in January. Mullins also runs the prolific Wicklow Brave and Valseur Lido while Enda Bolger's Gilgamboa won a valuable handicap at Leopardstown in January. But the home defence looks strong this year and Irving is likely to make a bold bid to extend his unbeaten record, though will probably have to jump a little better than he did at Kempton last time. It's 22 years since Nicky Henderson last had a winner in this but My Tent Or Yours went very close last season and the Lambourn trainer has a strong hand again. Josses Hill will relish the likely fast pace but Barry Geraghty rides VANITEUX, for which little went right at Kempton in December when he finished behind Sgt Reckless. He'd impressed at Sandown earlier and again at Doncaster last time and the drying ground won't be a problem so he gets the vote. Splash of Ginge won the betfair at Newbury last month but had earlier proved no match for Irving at Ascot when receiving weight.