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2022 Supreme Novices Hurdle

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  • 2022 Supreme Novices Hurdle

    Prices as at 23/3/21

    Supreme:
    Sir Gerhard 5/1
    Kilcruit 10/1
    Journey With Me 33/1
    Jonbon 33/1
    Grand Jury 33/1
    Last edited by Istabraq; 6 October 2021, 01:17 PM.

  • #2
    I'd been boring on to people for months about the I Am Maximus 50/1 that was hanging around, he forms the other half of 'horses who would make my festival on their own' with JWM. I suspect there will turn out to be a couple better than him, but it's nice at this point that the Supreme at least seems the likely destination all being well. I know we're talking about English horses here, but the My Drogo form line obviously has a lovely look to it. IAM hasn't been straightforward at home by the sound of things though and there was a short twitter video of him doing a piece of work with Buzz where he appeared to need a decent bit of encouragement to stay on terms, but we shall see.

    I'm not sure what to make of Sir Gerhard, I backed him for the bumper so wasn't complaining at the time, but it was hard to get away from the feeling that it was Kilcruits race with a better ride. Punchestown further adds to the theory. The sooner we can work out Kilcruit the better because he's going to be a pain til we do

    Jonbon, who knows?! I wasn't as impressed by his Newbury bumper as some are but his family tree speaks for itself and it'll be fascinating to see how he gets on.

    Plenty of others to talk about naturally at this point, as impressive as AI was this year it was a poor renewal all told, this time round we could be in for a real treat, or a complete pain in the arse headscratcher to work out depending on how you want to look at it!

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    • #3
      AV, I think it's relatively easy to work out Kilcruit. His two best runs have been where there has been loads of pace up front, with others fading at the business end and him looking strongest at the line. He's a Stayer, through and through. Ballymore or Albert. Take your pick. He's one I put a line through the Supreme early. The only way he could run in the opener is if it came up very soft ground, similar to Klassical Dream which doesn't happen often.
      Last edited by Lobos; 5 October 2021, 08:33 PM.

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      • #4
        I'm not buying into Jonbon yet

        You see it all the time on the flat with very expensive full siblings to great horses winning poor races then ending up being useless

        Because of the douvan connection hes always going to go off too short and will never be a value price

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FinalFurlong91 View Post
          I'm not buying into Jonbon yet

          You see it all the time on the flat with very expensive full siblings to great horses winning poor races then ending up being useless

          Because of the douvan connection hes always going to go off too short and will never be a value price
          Amen to that FF.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FinalFurlong91 View Post
            I'm not buying into Jonbon yet

            You see it all the time on the flat with very expensive full siblings to great horses winning poor races then ending up being useless

            Because of the douvan connection hes always going to go off too short and will never be a value price
            I would tend to agree on that basis but I am excited for him based on his P2P performance on which Jamie Codd is quoted:' Despite not having ridden him, he was the best Pointer in my eyes last year... he really does fall into the could be anything category...looks a real cat to jump... visually-really, really good.' (JTF). He did everything right in his bumper to my eye and while it's difficult to judge the full merit of that effort, a tenuous line through Top The Bill/Wonderwall would have it about 5lbs behind Sir Gerhard in the Champion Bumper (I'm not taking that literally but it does add some substance to the form). I would have Sir Gerhard as a worthy FAV at this stage, Jonbon at about twice his price? I'd say that's fair, though they're both a bit skinny for not having run over timber yet.

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            • #7
              I actually think kilcruit will end up here..something about stayers running in the supremes and just running em ragged in the end i could see it happening with kilcruit

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              • #8
                Yeah I think this is where Kilcruit is heading as well. Not necessarily because hes a stayer but his run style is ridiculously similar to appreciate it in that they both are most comfortable sitting just off a strong pace and then taking control of the race 2/3 out where horses simply cannot then maintain that gallop. They realised the mistake they made on him in allowing the pace to be slow and Sir G to get away coming round the bend but rectified that at punchestown where they took up the running of that race much earlier and Sir G simply couldn't go with him. Watch how Appreciate it does the exact same thing about two/three out in his supreme and nobody can go with him. That is pretty much exactly how I think it will go with Kilcruit over 2 miles. Difference being some of the other novices may actually be able to go with him in a way none could with appreciate it but I would strongly favour him to run in this race at the minute.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lobos View Post
                  AV, I think it's relatively easy to work out Kilcruit. His two best runs have been where there has been loads of pace up front, with others fading at the business end and him looking strongest at the line. He's a Stayer, through and through. Ballymore or Albert. Take your pick. He's one I put a line through the Supreme early. The only way he could run in the opener is if it came up very soft ground, similar to Klassical Dream which doesn't happen often.
                  There was loads of pace upfront for this years Supreme and typically there'll be a good amount of it most years. The winner was a horse most people had pinned down as the Ballymore horse for a large chunk of the season. I think Kilcruit is between a Supreme and Ballymore horse personally, with the latter maybe the more likely. I don't see him as an AB candidate at all. Let the games begin...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Atlantic Viking View Post
                    I'd been boring on to people for months about the I Am Maximus 50/1 that was hanging around, he forms the other half of [I]'horses who would make my festival on their own'
                    I will be going into battle with you my friend.......

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                    • #11
                      With Sir Gerard and Kilcruit they’ll probably end up in the two obvious races, but I’d make a strong case for Kilcruit being better suited going to the Supreme and Sir Gerhard going to the Ballymore.

                      Sir Gerhard looks like he may be best being able to sprint away off a controlled pace, whereas Kilcruit looks better off a very strong gallop. Willie will definitely consider this, and the latter option would most likely suit their respective strengths.
                      Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more I sweat, the luckier I get.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FinalFurlong91 View Post
                        I'm not buying into Jonbon yet

                        You see it all the time on the flat with very expensive full siblings to great horses winning poor races then ending up being useless

                        Because of the douvan connection hes always going to go off too short and will never be a value price
                        You're right about the Douvan/Price thing. Unfortunately that is out of ours and the horses control, but Jonbon was very impressive in his P2P, and done little wrong on his NHF debut too, finding plenty for pressure, which is what we like to see, especially knowing how stiff a track Cheltenham is.

                        The chances are lightning won't strike twice, in the fact that he won't be up to the level of Douvan, that's a high level to get to, but the fact you've not brought into Jonbon yet probably means you won't, at least for the coming season, as his price technically is already too short, if he starts off life winning first up over hurdles you can say goodbye to double figures for the festival too.

                        Unfortunately he was one of them where you needed to be in on him early, or miss out on at least a half reasonable price, IMO, just because of him being related to Douvan.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Spectre View Post
                          With Sir Gerard and Kilcruit they’ll probably end up in the two obvious races, but I’d make a strong case for Kilcruit being better suited going to the Supreme and Sir Gerhard going to the Ballymore.

                          Sir Gerhard looks like he may be best being able to sprint away off a controlled pace, whereas Kilcruit looks better off a very strong gallop. Willie will definitely consider this, and the latter option would most likely suit their respective strengths.
                          These were my very early thoughts, especially with Sir Gerhard coming from a P2P background and his bumper debut where I made comparisons with Faugheen. He just screamed Ballymore to me. I've now changed my mind, but based on the bumper run at the festival more than anything else.

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                          • #14
                            Knappers Hill declared to race on Friday at Chepstow over 2 miles. In the race Bravemansgame came second to Soaring Glory last year

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Winging The Last View Post
                              Knappers Hill declared to race on Friday at Chepstow over 2 miles. In the race Bravemansgame came second to Soaring Glory last year
                              The race last year produced some of the top novices of the season.

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