Mister Fisher bids to confirm the impression he created in winning at Kempton over Christmas when he takes his chance in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.
The Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old was a smooth winner of a novice event at the Sunbury track – having been beaten at short odds on his debut over obstacles – and is a best-priced 14-1 chance for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle as a result.
“I didn’t expect him to do what he did at Kempton, as I was disappointed at Newbury,” said Henderson, who had initially indicated Supreme favourite Angels Breath could travel to Merseyside.
“We rode him slightly differently at Kempton and Nico (de Boinville) was dead right – he wanted to get him up there and let him race and that really helped.
“I wouldn’t want to split him and Angels Breath (ability-wise).”
The Ben Pauling-trained Bright Forecast takes a hike in grade after winning both his starts over the smaller obstacles.
“He’s a horse that has got there quite quickly into a Grade Two, having not run in bumpers, but he’s a lovely horse,” said Pauling, whose five-year-old runs in the Aldaniti colours of the late Nick Embiricos.
“He couldn’t have done any more than he’s done and we’ve not found anywhere near the the bottom of him yet.
“He lines up as a bit of an unknown, but is a horse with a big chance. He’s an exceptionally good jumper and he’s improving all the time. As long as he settles nicely, I think he’ll run a big race.”
Evan Williams’ Esprit Du Large shaped with plenty of promise when scoring first time over hurdles at Uttoxeter.
“He’s a nice horse, unexposed. We don’t know if we’re good enough or not, but we like him and he won his maiden hurdle well,” said the Llancarfan handler.
The Dan Skelton stable is keen on Idee De Garde, who shaped well when second on his first run over hurdles at Newcastle.
“He’s a maiden, but has got one good run under his belt and he should be OK in this grade. I like him,” said Skelton.
Pauling feels Le Breuil’s jumping ability will stand him in good stead in the Patrick Coyne Memorial Altcar Novices’ Chase.
The seven-year-old made a winning debut over fences at Huntingdon in November and has been placed in all his three subsequent attempts.
“He’s been hugely consistent this season and he’s had a little break since his last run,” he said.
“He’s in very good form. He’s a brilliant jumper and the size of the fences will make it a proper jumping test and suit him down to the ground.
“With the ground on the soft side, he’ll hopefully have a squeak, as the trip is a bit on the short side for him.”
The Skelton-trained Crucial Role showed he had benefited for his debut over fences at Haydock when winning in convincing manner at Uttoxeter and is expected to put up a decent show.
“He won well at Uttoxeter and will have come on for that,” said Skelton.