We are just three days away from horse racing fan’s Christmas week and there’s no doubt that the juices are starting to flow with excitement now with the Cheltenham Festival on the horizon. It is only natural that we start off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, and although I think Barry Connell’s Marine Nationale has a major chance, I think there is one lurking at a massive price that could be worth a small each-way play at 50-1.
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The horse in question is the John McConnell intended runner Fennor Cross, who seems to be completely ignored in the betting in what looks a wide open renewal of the race. This gelding stayed on powerfully up the hill to land the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham back in November.
The six-year-old was a six-and-a-half-length winner over the same course and distance during the Showcase meeting a month earlier so it is clear that he absolutely loves the track. He was only getting going when approaching the hill too so there’s a big engine in the tank and he certainly won’t lack stamina, which could be absolutely crucial on Tuesday.
Fennor Cross might simply be outclassed on the day but we still don’t know how good this horse is, and with question marks surrounding Facile Vega who looks terrible value at current prices, he might well surprise a few and run into a place on the day. However, you can get a massive 60-1 on Facile Vega below if you fancy the Willie Mullins’ star to win the race.
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