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Supreme effort gives Twiston-Davies plenty to shout about

I Like To Move It maintained his unbeaten record over obstacles as he made every yard to win the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Only three runners went to post in the Grade Two affair so it always promised to be a tactical heat, with Sam Twiston-Davies eager to assume control from the off on I Like To Move It, who is trained by his father, Nigel.

The 4-6 favourite bowled along nicely in front and while he gave a couple of hurdles plenty of clearance, it was nevertheless a sound round of jumping and his two rivals looked to be feeling the pace turning for home.

I Like To Move it strides on for victory
I Like To Move it strides on for victory (Tim Goode/PA)

Pikar and Washington were both trying their best to reel him in approaching the last, but I Like To Move It was spring-heeled and galloped away to the line.

Pikar came down at the final obstacle, leaving Washington to take second, beaten two lengths.

Betfair rate I Like To Movie It at 20-1 for the Supreme itself at the Festival in March.

The Twiston-Davies team were on the mark with Gowel Road at the track on Saturday and the winning rider punched the air as I Like To Move It crossed the line.

He said: “It wasn’t ideal making our own running and he was having a good look around in front, but he was good and honest to the line.

“I promised Paddy Brennan I’d give it a big one crossing the line, he told me off for not celebrating enough yesterday!

“Andrew Nicholson (eventer) taught him to jump and he did jump slightly big, but he’ll be a chaser – it’s amazing to think he’s only four now. It’s exciting.

“Everyone knows we’re a lot smaller team these days, we’ve lost a lot of big horses so to have two winners at this meeting is excellent.”

The winning trainer admitted he was unsure of the value of the form, but was nevertheless impressed with his charge.

He said: “I don’t know if he’s achieved more today, the horses he beat weren’t as good but he had a penalty.

“His jumping was superb and he’s exciting so it’s been a good weekend, we’ve had five winners overall.

“Let’s hope he’s as good as we think he is, he only ever works when he’s off the bridle but he wasn’t much today.

“It depends what the handicapper does to him, but we’d consider something like the Betfair. Whatever we do next we’ll be back here in March.”

Twiston-Davies impressed as I Like To Move It sees off Cheltenham rivals

Nigel Twiston-Davies believes he could have a new The New One on his hands after I Like To Move It downed a couple of highly-rated rivals in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Normally used as a stepping-stone to bigger targets for second-season hurdlers, I Like To Move It was an unusual runner in the race having just his second outing over timber.

Twiston-Davies has never been shy of ripping up the text book, though, and the four-year-old, who had shown decent form in bumpers last season – finishing ninth in the Cheltenham event in March – had only had one outing in a Worcester novices’ event earlier this month.

Up against Tritonic, who was sent off at just 4-1 for the Triumph Hurdle at the Festival, and Dan Skelton’s Stepney Causeway, a winner four times last term, I Live To Move It was sent off at 100-30.

He travelled strongly in the hands of Sam Twiston-Davies for much of the contest, and while losing ground at a couple of his hurdles was still in touch as Stepney Causeway led into the straight.

As the Skelton runner faded up the hill, I Like To Move It had to be kept up to his work as Tritonic began to stay on having been outpaced, but three and a quarter lengths separated them at the line.

“I’m delighted. I said to the owners we may as well run here, finish fourth and even though we think he’s pretty good, he’ll probably be outclassed and it would be better than carrying a penalty,” said the winning trainer.

“We always hoped he’d be good enough and he clearly was. I’m not surprised he’s getting quoted for the Supreme because we’ve always felt he was the next The New One, but when you come and take on these serious horses we didn’t think today would necessarily be the day.

“He had very good bumper form but I just thought he’d lack the experience today. He was a bit slow over his hurdles first time.

“You can’t expect to beat a horse who was almost favourite for the Triumph and one who had won four.

“His work right from the start was reminiscent of The New One, we didn’t have to teach him to gallop, he was just a natural. This time last year he’d only just been broken in.

“I’d imagine we’ll come back here in November for the Grade Two novice.”

Sam Twiston-Davies said: “The plan was to get more experience into him, make sure it was smooth and that he jumped well.

“If we’d pick up nice prize money we’d be happy, but to pick up and win as he has just shows the engine he’s got as he was taking on hardy horses there and even with jumping a few a little bit inadequately, he’s still won nicely.

“He’s scary good because he’s doing a lot wrong and still winning.”

It was something of an up and down day for the jockey, however.

He hit the front too soon, according to himself, on The Hollow Ginge and was caught on the line by Definite Plan in the 888Sport What’s Your Thinking Handicap Chase.

Twiston-Davies brought his double up on Before Midnight (2-1 favourite) in the 888Sport Handicap Chase and then looked like making it a treble on Undersupervision in the Mick Turner A Lifetime In Racing Novices’ Chase.

Undersupervision (far side) leads over the last before running into the rail
Undersupervision (far side) leads over the last before running into the rail (David Davies/PA)

He looked to just about have the measure of Kim Bailey’s odds-on favourite Does He Know but then veered left into the false rail, luckily escaping unharmed but losing all chance.

“I began the day swearing about horses and that’s how I’m going to finish it!” said Twiston-Davies.

“He’s only young and you’d think if he was going to do anything like that he’d head for the chute, but it looked like he fancied another circuit – I suppose that’s the positive to take out of it.”

Of the winner, Bailey said: “David (Bass) hadn’t really gone for him and I think we were just about in front.

“The hardest thing with this horse is actually getting him on the racecourse. He’s fine at home and in the pre-parade, it’s when he gets in the paddock. He nearly killed me at Newbury so I won’t go near him now.

“I think we’ll come back here in November.”