Big Guns Remain In Supreme Field

Wed 20th Feb 2013, 12:56

Jezki
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Jessica Harrington's leading fancy Jezki along with Betfair Hurdle winner My Tent Or Yours headline 53 entries for the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Trainer Nicky Henderson confirmed last week that his horse is an intended runner, putting an end to speculation that he might divert to the Stan James Champion Hurdle such was the impressive nature of his Newbury win.

That success saw him displace Jezki at the head of the ante-post betting, but trainer Jessica Harrington remains adamant that her charge will improve again at Cheltenham and he's her sole representative.

Un Atout and Champagne Fever make up a six-strong bid from Willie Mullins, with his most notable absentee the four-year-old Fatcatinthehat, who does hold an entry in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Exeter one-two Melodic Rendezvous and Puffin Billy remain among the potential runners although both hold Neptune entries too, Ascot runner-up River Maigue and stablemate Chatterbox are among five for Nicky Henderson, while Paul Nicholls has just one entry, Dodging Bullets.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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