Another run would ready Dare Me for Cheltenham

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Dare Me is still unbeaten over hurdles and if connections can get another run into him before the Cheltenham Festival, he could be a big price at 20/1 to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Philip Hobbs’ horse has not been tested in his two starts since stepping up from the bumper ranks, winning two easy races at Exeter when given an odds-on quote.

Alongside giving the horse more of a challenge, a prep run for Dare Me could also prove a sensible strategy as he has only just begun work again following an injury.

Michael Meagher, the racing manager of owner Trevor Hemmings, said: “I’m not sure if he’ll go straight there. He had a bit of a muscle problem behind and he’s back cantering now.

“He’s back in training and we’ll try to get a run into him beforehand if we can.”

Dare Me is just one of a number of high-end bumper recruits on course to be entered into the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Cue Card triumphed in the Champion Bumper at the Festival last year, when Dare Me finished back in sixth, and currently leads the ante-post Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting market at 2/1.

However, punters have a fair idea on how good Cue Card is, given his performance when winning a Grade Two Novice’s Hurdle at Cheltenham in November and then a month later chasing home Champion Hurdle leading fancy Menorah.

Dare Me has endured no such test and it is still largely unclear how much untapped potential is yet to be seen, which could make him a big price if he has stepped up on his performances from his bumper days.

A £25 stake on Dare Me winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle would return £500. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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