L’Ami Serge shows his Supreme Novices’ Hurdle credentials

Impressive Grade One win at Sandown bodes well for Nicky Henderson’s charge

Nicky Henderson: “I think he’s very exciting. Let’s see what Mr (Willie) Mullins brings over for the Supreme because I suspect that’s what we’ve got to beat.” Photo: Steve Parsons/PA.

Nicky Henderson: “I think he’s very exciting. Let’s see what Mr (Willie) Mullins brings over for the Supreme because I suspect that’s what we’ve got to beat.” Photo: Steve Parsons/PA.

 

L’Ami Serge laid down a sizeable Supreme Novices’ Hurdle marker as he breezed to Grade One glory in the 32Red Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson was recording his first win at the highest level in a trying season so far, but he has set his eyes on the Cheltenham Festival with this French import.

The 4-9 favourite served it up to market rival Jolly’s Cracked It at the penultimate flight and quickened clear under Barry Geraghty.

Henderson said: “He’s a clean-winded horse and pretty easy to train. I was impressed, I think he’s very exciting. Let’s see what Mr (Willie) Mullins brings over for the Supreme because I suspect that’s what we’ve got to beat.”

The money

Paul Nicholls was also in the money as Unioniste showcased himself as one of the major players for the Crabbie’s Grand National as he came home unchallenged under Noel Fehily in the 32Red Casino Handicap Chase.

The John Hales-owned grey put up a no-frills display in which he was economical at his fences. “He’s just turned seven and it all depends on whether the handicapper gives us a chance,” said Hales of his Aintree hopes.

Triolo D’Alene shaped with considerable promise to bolster his own Aintree claims, staying on in eye-catching fashion to take third.

Tony McCoy’s fans were rewarded with what looked a 3-1 ‘gift’ when Arabian Revolution defied a big market drift to land the juvenile hurdle.

McCoy later completed a treble aboard Aurore D’Estruval in the mares hurdle and Nicholls’ Mr Mole in the handicap chase.

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