Bridge secures Supreme ticket
News from Newbury where High Bridge booked his ticket to next month's Cheltenham Festival with an impressive display.
High Bridge booked his ticket to next month's Cheltenham Festival with an impressive display in the Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively At Betfair Novices' Hurdle at Newbury.
Always kept front rank by Alex Ferguson in the extended two-mile prize, the even money shot pulled clear over the final flight to fend off the staying-on Azzerti by two and a quarter lengths to maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles.
Winning trainer Ben Pauling said: "He quickened very nicely off terrible ground, but he has got plenty toe as he is out of a Guineas winner (Ameerat).
"I think a true run two miles might suit him very well. You only change plans for a reason and I don't see any need to do so.
"I think it would be quite brave to go into the unknown over two and a half. I think the Supreme is a bit more open as the Neptune looks quite hot."
Tobefair continued his rise through the ranks when chalking up a seventh straight win in the Betfair Cash Out Handicap Hurdle.
Despite being given an 8lb hike in the weights for his win at Warwick last time, the seven-year-old showed that was not enough to stop him in the three-mile affair.
Although headed by Morello Royale over the last, the 5/2 favourite knuckled down well under Trevor Whelan to get back up and collect by a length and a half.
Debra Hamer, winning trainer, said: "It's unbelieveable. He is so laid back and such an easy horse to train. He saves all his energy for the races.
"He only beats what he needs to beat on the day and you can't ask any more than that. We will see how he is after this race as it was a hard race in ground like that. He does get over his races very well, but we will take it one race at a time.
"We only have eight in training which is enough work, but I would not mind a few more like him."
Richard Johnson finished third on Rolling Maul but ruled himself out for the rest of the afternoon due to feeling unwell.