Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 56.90s
  • Off time: 14:05:37

Full Result

14:05 Haydock Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Zamdy Man Miss V Williams 5 11-11 Aidan Coleman 7/2
SP 7/2 Led to 4th, led again 4 out, pushed along before next, ridden before last, kept on run-in opened 4/1 £1600-£400
2nd 1 Un Temps Pour Tout (IRE) D Pipe 5 11-11 T Scudamore 11/8f
SP 11/8f Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd after 4 out, every chance 2 out, edged left from last, kept on and always held run-in opened 6/4 £1750-£1000(x2) £700-£400 £1300-£800 £450-£300
3rd 22 3 Meadowcroft Boy A C Whillans 5 11-8 E Whillans 9/2
SP 9/2 With leader and keen, led 4th, headed 4 out, weakened from 3 out opened 5/1
4th 4 Stand To Reason (IRE) N J Henderson 6 11-8 B J Geraghty 7/2
SP 7/2 Held up in rear and raced wide, went 4th after 4 out, no impression from next opened 10/3
5th 6 6 Abracadabra Sivola (FR) Nick Williams 4 10-7 D A Jacob 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up towards rear, went 5th before 3 out, soon weakened opened 16/1
6th 30 5 River Clare (IRE) J G M O'Shea 6 11-4 Ciaran McKee 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up towards rear, weakened after 4 out opened 80/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.10 Tote Place £1.90 £1.30 Straight Forecast £8.77 Exacta £9.80 Trifecta £27.50 Swingers 1&2 £2.00, 2&3 £2.80, 1&3 £1.60

Jackpot £40,339.04 carried forward to Kempton Park, 19th Jan
Placepot £34.20, Pool: £107821.13, 2295.31 winning tickets
Quadpot £6.30, Pool: £7350.84, 859.58 winning tickets

Analysis

The last two winners of this race, Peddlers Cross (2012) and Cinders And Ashes (2010), both went on to win at the Cheltenham Festival while Amaretto Rose (2007) was beaten into third when 2/1 favourite for the Supreme. It's hard to think that ZAMDY MAN will follow suit, however, and prices around the 25/1 mark for the two mile Sky Bet sponsored contest reflect that. The winner had shown promise early in his juvenile career before his form tailed off in the spring (admittedly in the Fred Winter and the Grade One at Aintree) but has returned to action an improved performer with connections allowing him to bowl along at the head of affairs (he hadn't always got home last season) which had resulted in him winning both starts, latterly over C&D. Authorized is gaining a reputation as a sire of mud-lovers and Zamdy Man certainly relishes these conditions and simply galloped his rivals into submission from the head of affairs. The suspicion is that he will be found wanting in stronger company on quicker ground but it could be dangerous to underestimate this progressive individual on the evidence of last season. He looks likely to go to Cheltenham now although he could be interesting in something like the Imperial Cup, where he is more likely to get soft ground, assuming the handicapper doesn't overreact. Un Temps Pour Tout carried a large reputation and an even bigger price tag into this race and ran respectably without setting the world on fire. A little slow over one or two obstacles, you'd like to think there was a deal of improvement to come from this first run for the yard and it will be interesting to see how the handicapper responds (rated 147 with the winner rated 136). He does hold an entry in the early closing Betfair Hurdle but it would be no surprise to see connections try and find a similar contest to this before heading to Cheltenham. They pulled a long way clear of the previously unbeaten Meadowcroft Boy who attempted to go with them from the off but simply couldn't live with them. There was no disgrace in that and he can be found a more suitable opportunity before long; he could well be worth noting once switched to handicap company as the assessor can hardly overreact to a 20+ length beating by a 136 rated rival. It will be a similar story with Abracadabra Sivola who appears as though he has the size and scope to make up into a chaser in coming seasons; rated only 115 coming into this race, he looks more than capable of holding his own at a less exalted level during the current campaign. Stand To Reason had won in heavy ground at Newbury but Barry Geraghty never looked happy. His mount was a shade keen early and was taken wide on the far side, presumably in search of better ground, but never got into a position to challenge the leaders and struggled to make any impact in the straight. A smart performer on the level, there should be more to come on a better surface and this run is best ignored.