An exciting novice this season has been the Paul Nicholls-trained Grand Sancy, who is set to tackle The Festival’s traditional curtain-raiser, the £125,000 Grade 1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Tuesday.
The five-year-old son of Diamond Boy finished a fine second to fellow Supreme Novices’ Hurdle candidate Elixir De Nutz in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown in January, before producing a game front-running performance to claim the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle from more experienced hurdlers at Wincanton last time out.
“He’s had a great season and after being narrowly beaten in the Tolworth, he won well in the Kingwell Hurdle, beating Sceau Royal and Vision Des Flos. He gave them weight at Wincanton and really toughed it out with a good performance for a novice”, said Nicholls.
“He looks fantastic and has come out of the race well. Grand Sancy is every bit as good as Noland  and Al Ferof  who are our other past winners of the Supreme. He is probably quite a big price for the Supreme. Al Dancer is favourite and he is rated the same as Grand Sancy – I don’t think there is much between those two.”
According to the former British Champion trainer: “Grand Sancy is in the form of his life and we’re looking forward to running him in the Supreme.”
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) goes to post at 1.30pm