Willie Mullins has hinted that the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the most likely race to be tackled by Zaidpour at the Cheltenham Festival.
Zaidpour has entries in three races at the Cheltenham Festival at present, with the others being the three-mile Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle, which is run over the slightly shorter 2m5f.
However, his solid form on the flat in France before arriving at the Mullins yard has led the trainer to the conclusion that Zaidpour may be best suited to the Festival curtain-raiser, where a strong cruising speed is likely to be a greater attribute.
This follows on from comments made in the past that Zaidpour has a number of gears that he can shift through and he will definitely not be caught short of speed when a race really takes off.
Zaidpour is currently 7/1 in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting and this race is set to be confirmed as his Festival target after he completes his final preparation race at Leopardstown this weekend.
Mullins told At The Races: “At home, he always shows me plenty and we should know a lot more after this weekend.
“Going on his Flat form, I don’t think he’d have any problem running over two miles.”
Zaidpour made a blistering start to his hurdles career under Mullins when cruising to a routine victory at Punchestown and then following up in equally impressive fashion when drawing clear of a Grade One field at Fairyhouse.
But his serene development hit a stumbling block when beaten on heavy ground at Leopardstown on his latest start, as he run on gamely in the closing stages to lose to First Lieutenant by a neck.
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