Angels Breath set for Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Trial at Haydock

Angels Breath impresses at Ascot
Angels Breath impresses at Ascot

Angels Breath, 5/1 favourite (non-runner/no bet) with the sponsors for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, features among 14 entries for a key trial at Haydock on Saturday.

He is one of two Nicky Henderson-trained runners in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle (2.05), along with Mister Fisher.

Having won his sole point-to-point impressively last spring, Angels Breath made a striking impression on his Rules debut when defeating Danny Kirwan by four-and-a-half lengths in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Ascot on December 21.

He is 8/11 with the sponsors for Saturday's race with Mister Fisher 11/2. He entered Cheltenham calculations when landing a warm novice hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Bright Forecast (Ben Pauling, 5/1) is unbeaten in two starts over hurdles. The point-to-point graduate followed up a 20/1 success at Newbury in November with a commanding three-and-three-quarter length victory under a penalty at Leicester last month.

The trainer said: "Bright Forecast came out of Leicester well. He is a very nice horse and won well at Leicester under a penalty. I was delighted with the way he went about his job.

"He stays very well and enjoyed himself from the front at Leicester, having previously stayed on to score at Newbury. I think we will stick at two miles for the moment and the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle is a race we could go for."

Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden, 16/1) is also a dual winner over hurdles, scoring at Wincanton and Wetherby, prior to finishing fourth behind Angels Breath at Ascot.

Thomas Darby (Olly Murphy, 4/1) looked a good prospect when successful at Cheltenham in October and has since run well in two competitive novices' hurdles, most recently when third behind Mister Fisher at Kempton Park.

Those with less experience include Esprit Du Large (Evan Williams, 12/1), an 11-length winner on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter last month, and Russian Hawk (Colin Tizzard, 20/1), who could drop back in trip having won over two miles five at Exeter on November 14.

Other entries include French import Muratello (Nigel Twiston-Davies, 10/1) and dual Bangor victor Shantaluze (Donald McCain, 12/1), plus the Dan Skelton-trained pair of Idee De Garde (20/1) and Monsieur D'Arque (20/1).

Michael Shinners, Racing PR Director at Sky Bet said: "The 14 entries for the Sky Bet Supreme Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle look superb.

"Angels Breath was so impressive when winning the Sky Bet Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Ascot last month and is Sky Bet's favourite at 8/11. He also heads the ante-post market for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham at 5/1.

"His stable companion Mister Fisher and several other entries bring strong-looking form to the race as well and we appear set for what should be a very informative renewal of the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle."

Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle, sponsors bet: 8/11 Angels Breath 4/1 Thomas Darby 5/1 Bright Forecast 11/2 Mister Fisher 10/1 Muratello 12/1 Esprit Du Large, Shantaluze 16/1 Thistle Do Nicely 20/1 Idee De Garde, Monsieur D'Arque, Russian Hawk 25/1 Idilico 50/1 Ain't My Fault 150/1 Tricks And Trails. Each-way terms:1/5 1-2-3


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