Jonbon now Supreme Novices’ favourite after impressive hurdles debut

 In Editorial, Lambourn News

Jonbon, who has the pedigree, price tag and profile to be something out of the ordinary, added the performance when cruising to an impressive victory in the maiden hurdle, which saw him cut to as short as 3-1 for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with Paddy Power and Betfair.

The five-year-old – a brother to the brilliant Douvan, an eight-time Grade 1 winner who captured the Supreme and Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival – landed a point-to-point in November last year before leading owner JP McManus splashed out £570,000 to buy him.

That figure made him the most expensive pointer ever sold at auction and he was put into training in Lambourn with Nicky Henderson, who saddled him to win a bumper at Newbury in March.

Reported to have done well physically over the summer, Jonbon lined up in a race that Henderson has won four times in the last seven years, including with Buveur D’Air, a subsequent dual Champion Hurdle hero.

The son of Walk In The Park was ridden by Aidan Coleman, who had replaced Nico de Boinville after he was hurt in a schooling fall at Henderson’s Seven Barrows base on Thursday morning.

He had way too much class for his rivals and Henderson said: “He’s a brother to Douvan and unsurprisingly he’s got plenty of boot.

“He was on his toes and I call him a fidget, which is why we get on, but he doesn’t do anything wrong.”

The stewards held an inquiry to determine if any of the jockeys had done anything wrong as almost a minute elapsed before they started racing.

No action was taken and Henderson added: “I’m not surprised his Supreme odds were cut; they were bound to if it went well today.

“I probably over-tied Aidan with instructions. He asked if he could lob along as there was no pace in the race, but I said, ‘No, please not today as, whatever happens, we’ve got to teach him to drop it and he did, really nicely. He only got to the front because he jumped his way there – he was in second gear.”

Courtesy of Racing Post

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