Stan James Sponsor And Offer Top Price Every Horse In Supreme Novice Hurdle

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Tagged under: 1.30 William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2m 1/2f

Stan James have announced that they are to sponsor the Supreme Novice Hurdle which is traditionally ran as the first race of the Cheltenham Festival . In celebration of this new sponsorship which is in addition to the Gibraltar bookies sponsorship of the Champion Hurdle , Stan James will offer the top industry price about all Supreme Novice Hurdle runners until midnight today February 4th .

Stan James have become increasingly high profile in recent months acquiring the Pagebet group of betting shops in May 2010 and also taking a majority stake in Racing2day a US based online horse racing wagering business in November last year . In recent weeks Stan James have also been mentioned as a possible dark horse in the bid to acquire the UK Tote betting business .

The Supreme Novice Hurdle is generally regarded as a natural stepping stone to the Champion Hurdle and Stan James CEO Dennis Kelly said "We are thrilled to be adding the Stan James Supreme novice hurdle to our festival sponsorship and look forward to the best horses from this years race going on to contest the Stan James Champion Hurdle in the future ."

86 entries were revealed for the Supreme Novice yesterday but betting on the race is anything but straightforward as clear ante post favourite Cue Card is also entered for the Champion Hurdle which is also ran on the opening day of the Festival .

Whilst Cue Card is 5/2 favourite for the Supreme he is as big as 33/1 for the Champion but trainer Colin Tizzard yesterday suggested that a decision on which race Cue Card will go for will not be made until almost the day of the race . Tizzard told reporters "We're going to make a decision when we get to the Festival" .

Cue Card finished second to Menorah in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham on his last run and has been favourite for the Supreme Novice Hurdle since winning the Champion Bumper at the 2010 Festival .

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