Tizzard primes Hell’s Bay for crack at the Jewson Novices’ Hurdle

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His win over Medermit at Cheltenham in January brought Hell’s Bay to the attention of Cheltenham punters, and those wondering which market to place their ante post Hell’s Bay bet should side with the Jewson Novices’ betting market.

Hell’s Bay has entries for the Jewson Novices’ Hurdle and the RSA Chase but trainer Colin Tizzard is settling for a race he describes as “obvious” for his nine-year-old.

A 10/1 shot for the Jewson Novices’ Hurdle, Hell’s Bay would offer a return of £100 for a £10 stake and new customers to Ladbrokes.com can sign up here for a free Cheltenham bet worth £25.

“He is in the Jewson and the RSA but I might take him out of the RSA because we are as certain as we can be at this stage that he will go for the Jewson – it is the obvious race,” said Tizzard.

“He beat Medermit over course and distance and we’ve seen what he’s done since. I think he is a major player.”

Tizzard’s other major player, and some people’s banker, in the Cheltenham Festival betting is Cue Card and the Dorset-based trainer said a decision on the Supreme Novices favourite will be made later in the week.

Cue Card is entered for both the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but following his defeat to Champion Hurdle 4/1 second-favourite Menorah, the Supreme Novices’ seems like the obvious choice.

Cue Card is 9/4 to win the Supreme Novices and 16/1 to win the Champion Hurdle, and while the owners of Cue Card push for the Champion Hurdle, the win is more likely in the Supreme Novices.

It’s sure to be a tough decision for Tizzard as the more prestigious Champion Hurdle offers the higher stature, but a Cheltenham Festival win cannot be overlooked.

A £25 stake on Hells Bay winning the Jewson Novices would return £275. New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham bet worth £25.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.