Kalashnikov (7/1) fired himself right into the mix for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with a comprehensive win in the Betfair Hurdle on Saturday.
The five-year-old looked a high-class prospect after winning a Wetherby bumper and twice over hurdles at Wetherby and Doncaster and he was far from disgraced when finishing second in last month’s Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.
Kalashnikov was cut to as low as 7-1 from 20-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle after his trainer Amy Murphy confirmed after his win that the 2018 Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser is the likely next port of call. She said: “He has given us no reason to go anywhere else and I think you have to stay at two miles for now.”
The Gigginstown Stud flavour of the moment, Samcro, still has an entry in the Supreme Novices’ but connections appear to be leaning towards the Ballymore Novices’ for which he is the 4/5 favourite.
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