Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle
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Grade 2, Haydock 14:05
£30,000 added,
4yo plus, 1m 7f 144y, Class 1  
Saturday 23rd January 2016

1 Its'afreebee 7/2
2 Le Prezien 15/8F
3 Vieux Lille 4/1
6 ran Distances: ¾l, 3¼l, 12l
TIME 4m 4.50s (slow by 24.50s)

Its'afreebee battles hard after setting the pace to hold off Le Prezien in the closing stages


Harry Skelton felt he got the tactics just right after guiding Its'afreebee to victory at Haydock.

The six-year-old appeared under intense pressure from favourite Le Prezien as the duo jumped the last at Haydock together, but it was the son of Danroad that found more in the run-in to claim the spoils by three-quarters of a length from Paul Nicholls' star.

Its'afreebee enjoyed the freedom of the course for most of the race before being joined by Le Prezien, and Skelton admitted that plans had been hatched the previous day.

"I talked with Dan (Skelton, trainer) on the way home last night and Bridget (Andrews) was also with us who won on him last time and we came up with a plan," he said. "I knew what I wanted to do but you need the right horse to do it and he was very brave.

"Dan said we knew our lad stays so why don't we try and get those who'd been winning on the bridle at it from some way out.

"It's hard to come from too far back in this type of ground and I knew it would take a good one to come by me."


Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 144y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Heavy

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Its'afreebee (IRE) 7/2 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 6
2nd ¾ Le Prezien (FR) 15/8f Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 5
3rd Vieux Lille (IRE) 4/1 T J O'Brien
P J Hobbs 6
4th 12 Bigmartre (FR) 9/2 G Sheehan
H Whittington 5
5th 4 Baby Bach (IRE) 8/1 B Hughes
S R B Crawford 6
6th 13 Ballypoint (IRE) 33/1 Ryan Hatch
N A Twiston-Davies 5

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