Cheltenham Festival Clues: Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle

Vautour (FR) 5-y-o (19May09 b g)

Robin Des Champs (FR) — Gazelle De Mai (FR) (Dom Pasquini (FR) (9.3f))

W P Mullins

Vautour had two runs in France finishing second at Pau (winner now rated 141 in France) and Auteuil. His sire has the likes of Sir De Champs and Quevega on his role of honour, while his dam won a total of twenty race races in her career which spanned flat, hurdles, and fences, staying two and a half-miles. Vautour made his Irish debut at Navan where he travelled easily jumping fast and fluent throughout with the fifteen length runner-up bolted up by fourteen lengths on his next run. The Navan race came over two-miles on good to yielding, while he looks sure to stay at least two and half-miles in time. His next run will tell us more; however, an opening RPR of 140 bodes well for the future.