Jonbon strengthened his grip on the high of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market as he took the step as much as Graded stage in his stride with an easy win within the Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle (2.20) at Ascot on Friday.
As soon as once more confronted with a farcical begin, as was the case on his hurdling debut at Newbury, Jonbon was despatched to the entrance with a circuit to go and dominated the race in a foot-perfect show of leaping, with Aidan Coleman barely having to get out of first gear within the Grade 2 contest.
Following his win, most corporations shortened the Nicky Henderson-trained star to 5-2 favorite for the Supreme, though William Hill quickly reduce him to 6-4 from that preliminary early present.
Jonbon’s win, which maintained his unbeaten file, was a welcome flip in fortune for Henderson, who revealed main Stayers’ Hurdle contender Buzz had suffered a critical damage on the gallops on Friday morning.
Henderson mentioned: “After the trials and tribulations of this morning it was good to get that. He’s terribly skilled for a horse who has had so little expertise.
“He had them off the bridle a good distance out off no gallop as his cruising velocity is so excessive. We’ll take pleasure in as we speak, and I’d say it’d be one run earlier than Cheltenham.
“Folks might be saying ‘why not run him 5 occasions, we wish to see him!’ however there’s no level. His complete future is in entrance of him and we’re getting via the nervous nineties with him now. That’s what as we speak was.”
A £570,000 buy on the Goffs UK November Sale final yr, the five-year-old is a full brother to a number of Grade 1 winner Douvan and additional enhanced his already lofty fame within the Kennel Gate, having eased to success on his hurdling bow at Newbury final month.
Identical to on that event, none of Jonbon’s rivals had been eager to make the working earlier than the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained outsider I Like To Transfer It set off at a crawling tempo earlier than Coleman took issues into his personal fingers.
As I Like To Transfer It wilted turning into the house straight, Jonbon’s chief rival Knappers Hill loomed up for a problem, however was rapidly pressurised between the ultimate two flights as Jonbon shot clear.
Irish raider Colonel Mustard stayed on to complete a two and a quarter-length second, whereas Knappers Hill was an additional two and three-quarter lengths again in third.
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