Hang fire with Zamdy bets
We analyse the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Haydock, with the Cheltenham curtain-raiser back in the spotlight.
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Sportinglife.com analysis: Venetia Williams is having a fantastic season and Zamdy Man epitomises that fact having now won all three of his novice starts in the 2013/14 campaign after failing to register a victory from five outings, albeit in pretty hot juvenile company, last term. Given his jumps debut in the Grade One Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow 12 months ago, he ended up finishing mid-field in the Fred Winter and a well-held eighth in the top-class event for four-year-olds at Aintree's Grand National meeting, but has evidently always been held in the highest regard since transferring from the Flat. David Pipe's latest expensive French recruit Un Temps Pour Tout, racing in the same colours as Greatwood winner Dell' Arca, was all the rage on his UK bow here and while there was plenty of encouragement to be gleaned from his performance in second, Zamdy Man simply galloped him into the ground and ultimately had plenty in hand passing the post. The son of Authorized opened his account in ready fashion at Ascot in November and having followed up with another pillar-to-post effort in Listed company on soft ground later that month, he looks on a steep upward curve on the back of this latest showing. Given his size and scope, it's no surprise Zamdy Man has delivered his best form on ground with 'soft' in the description but Williams was adamant post-race that he was 'a Cheltenham horse and will definitely handle better ground'. Quotes for the Supreme itself range from 20/1 to 33/1 and they're easy enough to resist for the time being but it's worth remembering the ground is always pretty well watered on the first day of the Festival and he'd certainly have to come into the reckoning should we get a real deluge before the Supreme. The runner-up is a similar price for the Sky Bet Supreme but could be of more interest if stepped up to two and a half miles in the Neptune. Not many firms have priced him up but the 25/1 available in places makes some appeal given likely improvement and the fact he landed a Listed event at Auteuil over an extended two miles three furlongs last May. Pipe was full of respect for Zamdy Man after the event but obviously expects a bit more from his charge next time, stating: "He handled the ground but didn't jump as neatly as we'd hoped. We'll see where we go next but he's definitely a Cheltenham horse, as is the winner." The third home, Meadowcroft Boy, was previously unbeaten but struggled to stick with the first two after they upped the tempo turning in and will likely have his sights lowered on his next assignment.
Michael Shinners - Sky Bet spokesman:
"Zamdy Man showed great guts and determination to beat Un Temps Pour Tout in a real battle after the last. The winner has a really likeable attitude, however, the need for really testing conditions does slightly temper enthusiasm for Venetia Williams' horse despite being 3 from 3 this season. The comments from Aiden Coleman after the race suggests that at least he is a runner in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and we shortened him up from 33/1 into 25/1. Clearly that price could be very attractive if the ground came up testing for the first race of the festival."