Unbeaten Hansard looking strong among the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle field at Kempton
A winner of both outings over timber so far, he gave 7lb to Betfair Hurdle sixth Master Chewy when impressing at Plumpton at the turn of the year. Freshened up for this Grade Two contest since, Moore hopes the Noel Fehily Racing-owned five-year-old - who is a 40-1 shot for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with race sponsor Sky Bet - can continue on his upward curve at a track that could play to his speedy strengths. "He's done nothing wrong so far and is a horse we like a lot," said Moore. "The track will suit him as he's not slow. We would like the ground to have a bit more give in it, but you've got to take what you're given at the moment. "He's a very nice horse and I would like to think he'll keep going (upwards). This has always been the plan since Huntingdon when he won his first hurdle race and he will be going there fresh. Hopefully he can run a big race." His chief market rival appears to be Paul Nicholls' Rubaud, who was somewhat disappointing when quietly fancied for the Betfair Hurdle, but has some smart novice form in the book from his prior efforts. "He has taken to hurdles so well that I fancied him in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, but he ruined his chance by pulling like a train in the first half of the race," Nicholls told Betfair. "Harry (Cobden) didn't give him a hard time once it was clear he was beaten. I'm putting on a hood to help Rubaud relax better and he should be much happier back in novice company in a smaller field of runners round a track where he ran well at Christmas."
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