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duffy • March 20, 2018 2:11 PM GMT
Exactly..... I'd be far more excited with Summerville Boy going forward with what he did. He'd be up there as performance of the week for me, to lose all momentum and lengths at the worst part of the race and to get it all back was a bit special. He has tactical speed and looks to be laden with stamina too.

unclepuncle on 19 Mar 18 19:03
Tom George confirming that Summerville Boy will be aimed at the Champion Hurdle and won’t run again this season.
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Report equine flew March 20, 2018 9:10 PM GMT
Exactly the same time clocked as Buevir D'Air on the Tuesday
Report unclepuncle March 20, 2018 9:47 PM GMT
unclepuncle 16 Mar 18 19:15
As for performance of the week I'd have to go for Summerville Boy. Might not have been a vintage Supreme but he really should not have had any chance after the mistake two out and then the blunder at the last. To get going again twice and win was the mark of a very decent horse.

25/1 for the CH just looked way too big, especially after Tom George confirmed he would probably stay over hurdles.
Report duffy March 21, 2018 2:06 PM GMT
I don't think I'd necessarily fancy it for a CH though, although 25/1 was obviously too big, one thing it will provide us with is perhaps some opposition to BD in a trial or two pre festival next year.
Report Autocue March 21, 2018 3:12 PM GMT
His two best runs have been on heavy. Trainer thinks he's fine on better ground and he was right when he reasoned previous Cheltenham defeats were due to slow pace. All the same he still has to prove he can be as impressive on g/s.
Report buddeliea September 30, 2018 1:10 PM BST
Watched the Supreme again this morning.
Forgot how much he lost at the 3rd last,and another mistake at the last.
Would have been much further winner without all that.
BD's biggest challenger imo.
Report deepingfox October 2, 2018 10:56 PM BST
Agreed, Bud,

I've been backing Summerville Boy from the day after the Festival finished, having sifted through all the videos on my return from the course, to find one or two key horses to follow Ante Post.

His performance was a stand out, I had backed Kalashnikov, and thought I had been mugged. when watching the videos through again it was clear that Summerville Boy was easily the best horse in the race, and that it was a Herculean effort to get up and win.

Really looking to forward to seeing him reappear this Autumn.
Report Autocue October 3, 2018 9:47 AM BST
Did you watch the video of the Tolworth before Cheltenham? I'd be surprised if you did and then backed Kalashnikov at a shorter price as you would have had to make excuses for Kalashnikov. He was hard at it while SB cruised through the race. Summerville Boy is some horse but my concerns are his jumping on quicker ground and the effect the Cheltenham race had on him. It must have been a hard race for him to get back in front up the hill after his awkward jumps at the last two. Given the ground he lost, especially at the second last, he confirmed the Tolworth form on the heavy ground. I'm hoping the Fighting Fifth will be run on decent ground and I'll learn more about him.
Report deepingfox October 3, 2018 11:27 AM BST
Yep Auto, I watched the Tolworth video plenty, but after Kolashnikov won the Betfair so well, I got the last bit of the 16/1 for him to win the Supreme, so I had a good price on a well fancied horse going into the Festival.

I did think long and hard about adding Summerville Boy, and having two in the race, against the Strong Irish contingent, but didn't follow through with the bet, once the price started to contract, in the 24-hours pre-race.

I have absolutely no doubt that Summerville Boy is the real deal now, and I was really pleased that the trainer gave him he rest of the season off.

Managed to get 25/1 for the Champion Hurdle, as well as following in at 16/1, and the current price is still attractive compared to any other in the field,
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