Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Trial
Grade 2, Cheltenham 15:30
£50,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 150yds, Class 1
 
Sunday 14th November 2021

1 I Like To Move It 4/6F
2 Washington 2/1
3 ran NR: Sonigino Distances: 2l
Time: 3m 59.96s (slow by 10.96s)

Only three runners went to post in the Grade Two affair so it always promised to be a tactical heat, with Sam Twiston-Davies eager to assume control from the off on I Like To Move It, who is trained by his father, Nigel.

The 4/6 favourite bowled along nicely in front and while he gave a couple of hurdles plenty of clearance, it was nevertheless a sound round of jumping and his two rivals looked to be feeling the pace turning for home.

Pikar and Washington were both trying their best to reel him in approaching the last, but I Like To Move It was spring-heeled and galloped away to the line. Pikar came down at the final obstacle, leaving Washington to take second, beaten two lengths.

The Twiston-Davies team were on the mark with Gowel Road at the track on Saturday and the winning rider punched the air as I Like To Move It crossed the line.

He said: “It wasn’t ideal making our own running and he was having a good look around in front, but he was good and honest to the line. I promised Paddy Brennan I’d give it a big one crossing the line, he told me off for not celebrating enough yesterday!

“Andrew Nicholson (eventer) taught him to jump and he did jump slightly big, but he’ll be a chaser – it’s amazing to think he’s only four now. It’s exciting. Everyone knows we’re a lot smaller team these days, we’ve lost a lot of big horses so to have two winners at this meeting is excellent.”

The winning trainer admitted he was unsure of the value of the form, but was nevertheless impressed with his charge.

He said: “I don’t know if he’s achieved more today, the horses he beat weren’t as good but he had a penalty. His jumping was superb and he’s exciting so it’s been a good weekend, we’ve had five winners overall.

“Let’s hope he’s as good as we think he is, he only ever works when he’s off the bridle but he wasn’t much today. It depends what the handicapper does to him, but we’d consider something like the Betfair. Whatever we do next we’ll be back here in March.”

Skybet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Sharp Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£50,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 87y, Class 1
3 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

POS. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1     I Like To Move It 4 11-3 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 4/6F
2
2 Washington 5 11-0 Olly Murphy Aidan Coleman 2/1
FELL Pikar 4 11-0 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 8/1
NR 2 Sonigino 4 11-3 Paul Nicholls NON RUNNER