Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices Runner by Runner Guide

1. Grand Sancy

Trainer - Paul Nicholls

Jockey -

Been a very busy 4yo in the last twelve months, with three wins from eight hurdles outings, and they have all come from the four most recents.

Back-to-back wins at Wincanton and Haydock latest has thrown him into the mix for the Supreme, but must contend with top weight in this.

In good form, chances.

2. Angels Breath

Trainer - Nicky Henderson

Jockey - Nico de Boinville

Son of Shantou making his first start for the Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson.

Showed plenty of promise on his one and only start in a point in Ireland, when he won by as many as twelve lengths.

Trainer and jockey in usual stunning form as a partnership, and no surprise if putting in a strong bid here.

3. Champagne Court

Trainer - Jeremy Scott

Jockey -

Champagne Court won smartly at Lingfield at the back end of last month, propelling him into contention for the Supreme Trial.

He will be stepping up the classes somewhat and will need to handle better rivals in the field. Open to improvement however, and will be interesting to see how he shapes.

4. Danny Kirwan

Trainer - Paul Nicholls

Jockey -

Highly thought of by the former Champion Trainer, but failed to win a match-up on his hurdles bow.

Off the pace in the Aintree bumper in April, he could not evade the challenge of Philip Hobbs' Crooks Peak at Kempton most recently, and will be out to make a statement more than anything.

5. Dashel Drasher

Trainer - Jeremy Scott

Jockey - Matt Griffiths

Jeremy Scott is also represented by Dashel Drasher, who has placed on both of his hurdles starts in big fields.

Third at Chepstow to the smart-looking Kateson, before plugging onto third again at Newbury behind Bright Forecast, who thundered home for Ben Pauling.

Deserves better luck, and should make the frame.

Also holds an entry at Newbury on Wednesday.

6. Eclair D'ainay

Trainer - Dan Skelton

Jockey - Harry Skelton

Made debut for yard at Newbury recently - another behind Kateson albeit in a different contest, when finishing fourth.

Purchased from Gabriel Leenders yard from France after he finished a good second in a conditions race.

Further improvement expected.

7. Encore Champs

Trainer - Warren Greatrex

Jockey -

Three starts - two in bumpers, and two wins in all, including success at Wetherby latest.

Couple of errors in the jumping department which can easily be corrected, and no surprised in building on further.

Looks to have plenty of gears, and a real contender for this.

8. Garbanzo

Trainer - Dr Richard Newland

Jockey -

The only unraced horse over hurdles in the field looks up against it, with some top novices arriving here too.

A son of the great mastercraftsman was a decent horse on the flat with trainer Ed Walker, notching up a hat-trick of wins at Haydock just three months ago.

Best to watch this one, but never rule out a shock on the cards.

9. Mister Fisher

Trainer - Nicky Henderson

Jockey -

Flying high with his juveniles and novices, Henderson has another chance with Mister Fisher.

His very narrow second to Ecu De La Noverie at Newbury on his hurdles bow, suggests a win surely is not too far away.

Looks progressive.

10. Seddon

Trainer - Tom George

Jockey -

Disappointed as the even-money favourite at Cheltenham in a similar contest just over a month ago.

The 5yo finished behind Elixir De Nutz who has won against since at Prestbury Park, but Seddon needs to worry about his own doings, and to rediscover the bright spark he showed around Stratford on the 1st of November.

Future in his own hands.

11. Sunday At Augusta

Trainer - Richard Rowe

Jockey - Andrew Glassonbury

Signed from Emmet Mullins from Ireland, having had two starts, one over hurdles and one in a bumper.

Departed early on in the hurdle race - won by Joseph O'Brien's Le Richebourg back in 2017, but overcame burst blood vessels and injury problems to return in a flat race in April this year.

Good to see him back and can turn over a new leaf for a new yard on debut.

12. Thistle Do Nicely

Trainer - Jamie Snowden

Jockey -

Two wins over hurdles from two starts, looking a class apart last time at Wetherby.

Steps up in class as a result, but totally unexposed, and open to further improvement.

Good claims for a trainer who won the cross country at Cheltenham last week, and seems to be getting the hang of things this campaign.

13. Thomas Darby

Trainer - Olly Murphy

Jockey - Richard Johnson

Number thirteen Thomas Darby was very unlucky indeed last time here at Ascot, when just getting pipped by Nick Gifford's Didtheyleaveuoutto in a Class 2.

Did not do a lot wrong that day, and was unfortunate to not land a hat-trick of wins, after successes at Cheltenham and Huntingdon.

You would expect a similar performance to his latest would put him into the firing line.