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Syndicate dreaming of Supreme success

| 17.02.2014

The Maybe Fools Have Horses syndicate believe they have a live Supreme Novices’ Hurdle contender in Wilde Blue Yonder, who is a 20/1 chance with Coral for the traditional Festival curtain raiser.

Trained by Alan King, the five-year-old had some smart bumper form to his name and looked an exciting prospect when winning on his hurdling debut at Newbury.

Things have not gone to plan since, with the son of Oscar failing to complete in two subsequent starts.

In the first of those at Newbury he still held every chance when coming to grief at the last, and he then had the race in the bag at Ascot when again failing to negotiate the final obstacle.

It was his run in the latter which marked him out as an above average type, as he was four lengths clear of a useful field and still yet to be asked a question when hitting the deck.

His team of dozen-strong owners, for most of whom he represents a first venture into racehorse ownership, have certainly not lost faith and taken plenty of encouragement from the run.

They have been talking up his chances on twitter and snapped up some fancy ante post prices for the Supreme.

One of the syndicate members, Dan Kelly, said: “He was in the process of dismantling some decent 130+ types at Ascot and is thankfully as bright as a button after the fall.

“Judged on how he was travelling and set to win easily, he is a 140+ rated horse.

“He schools well, and jumps well in the main. It’s obvious he needs a lead as he tends to lose concentration. He will hopefully get that at Cheltenham against better horses and that is going to be key to his chances.

“The best thing is that he’s such a lobber and we’re nowhere near bottom of him. We hope he puts it all together one day and the Supreme has always been the target.

“It’s fantastic to be going to the Festival with a chance.”



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.