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Ryan Potter seeking Betfair gold with Jetoile

Second-season trainer Ryan Potter has high hopes of landing the prestigious Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on February 12 with Jetoile.

Second to Supreme Novices’ Hurdle favourite Constitution Hill in the Tolworth last time out, Jetoile certainly has the right profile for the race.

A former point-to-point handler, Potter took out a licence when the amateur game was brought to a halt through the pandemic and he is already making a name for himself.

“This horse is bringing me to races I have never been to before, so it’s exciting to fall upon a horse like this so early in my career. It’s only my second season,” said Potter.

“Jetoile is coming along brilliantly. He came out of the Tolworth Hurdle really well. Although he came second he didn’t have the hardest of races. Once Lorcan Williams realised he wasn’t going to beat Constitution Hill he gave him an easy enough time, because he had second sewn up.

“He went up 8lb, which is fair enough, although obviously I would have preferred a bit less.

“Everyone knows the Betfair Hurdle is going to be really competitive. Jetoile won’t get his own way in front, as he has been able to in novice races. If he is thereabouts, it would be great and if he could win it would be amazing.”

A total of 31 horses stood their ground at the latest confirmation stage. Jetoile is a 12-1 chance with the sponsors behind Colin Tizzard’s 6-1 favourite Jpr One.

It is a big weekend for the sponsors who back the whole card, including the Betfair Denman Chase.

Betfair has also announced that leading jockey Bryony Frost will be joining their team of ambassadors.

She said: “I’m super excited to become a Betfair Brand Ambassador. Being part of the Ditcheat team, with Paul Nicholls, means I’ve seen first-hand how great a crew they are to work with and some of the cool horse racing content they produce.

“This is a very important part of the season with all the spring racing festivals fast approaching and we have some really exciting plans over the coming months.”

Ryan Potter outlines Betfair Hurdle option for Jetoile

Ryan Potter is eyeing a tilt at the Betfair Hurdle with Jetoile after finishing best of the rest behind star novice Constitution Hill on Saturday.

Following low-key wins at Chepstow and Leicester, the seven-year-old became the trainer’s first Grade One runner in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.

And while he was no match for Nicky Henderson’s runaway winner, who is now favourite for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, Potter was proud of his stable star’s performance in defeat.

He said: “I was delighted with him. The winner is obviously a machine and our horse has run a blinder – I couldn’t be happier.

“It was a great day for the team. We always knew he was good enough to run at that level. We were just hoping Constitution Hill wasn’t as good as everyone said he was, but he definitely was!

“He came out of it absolutely fine. He didn’t actually have a hard race as once Lorcan (Williams, jockey) realised he wasn’t going to win, he’s only hit him once behind the saddle as he had second sewn up quite easily.

“I’m not sure for definite, but I’d imagine we’ll pop an entry in for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. Novices have a good record in it and we’re probably going to go up in the handicap, so we should get in off a low weight.

“He’ll probably have an entry for Cheltenham, but I’d imagine we’ll avoid that and wait for Aintree.”

Potter is already excited to see what Jetoile can achieve next term when he will have his attentions switched to the larger obstacles.

He added: “Whatever he does this season is a bonus – he’s a chaser in the making.

“Lorcan got off him on Saturday and said ‘this lad is going to be unbelievable when he goes chasing’ – that will be his game.

“We’re just trying to keep him one piece and keep him in the yard – hopefully nobody tries to buy him!”