Strong Irish Entry For Supreme Novice

Thu 31st Jan 2013, 12:16

Jezki and Robbie Power
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Irish runners dominate the antepost betting for the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle and big guns Jezki and Un Atout are among a bumper entry.

Jessica Harrington's Jezki has won all four starts over timber, the last two in top-class company, and heads the ante-post betting from Un Atout, unbeaten in three starts for Willie Mullins and one of seven entries from the yard.

Nicky Henderson has 13 horses listed among the entries, among whom River Maigue and My Tent Or Yours feature prominently in the betting. The former remains among the market leaders for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in February.

The exciting Oliver Sherwood-trained Puffin Billy has an entry as do four runners from Paul Nicholls' yard, with Dodging Bullets his most likely candidate on evidence seen so far.

One of the more surprising entries is 2011 Champion Bumper winner Cheltenian, who has been absent since, while as suggested following a Kempton bumper win there's an entry for Fair Trade, one of four Alan King horses among the list.

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

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