Professeur Emery is 16/1 in the Cheltenham betting for the Fred Winter Novices’ Hurdle and trainer Warren Greatrex has stated that the horse will not detract away from his bold front-running style in an effort to secure victory.
There may be concerns among punters that the four-year-old will set the race up for one of his fellow competitors who require a strong gallop if he begins at his usual blistering pace at the Cheltenham Festival.
This style has failed to pay dividends for Professeur Emery as yet as he is still waiting for a first win after five career starts over hurdles.
But Greatrex is happy to let the horse bound away when the tape goes up and remains optimistic that it may prove a winning strategy.
He said: “I’d like to run Professeur Emery in the Fred Winter, as long as he gets in. He only has one way of running, but he won’t mind decent ground and he could give them all something to think about.”
Professeur Emery may also take confidence from the Triumph Hurdle at last year’s Cheltenham Festival when Barizan came within a whisker of securing an unlikely victory.
Barizan’s flying start left him 16 lengths clear of the field with just two hurdles remaining and was only caught in the final 150 yards by Soldatino.
Plan A is one horse who is likely to sit out the back of the field if the pace is quick and will gradually begin to take closer order as the race enters its latter stages.
This approach was rewarded when winning a maiden hurdle at Gowran Park in January, with this victory also helping to install him as the 10/1 favourite in the Cheltenham betting to take the spoils in the Fred Winter.
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