Peter The Mayo Man (Neil Mulholland/Noel Fehily) bids for a fourth successive victory this season in the £23,000 Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Musselburgh on Sunday 5th February.
The seven-year-old started the campaign with two easy wins in novices’ hurdles at Worcester and Warwick in September before recording an impressive 11-length success in a two-mile handicap hurdle at Newbury on 3rd November, all over two miles.
The £120,000 purchase holds entries in the G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the G1 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Mulholland, who trains near Bath in Somerset, said: “Peter The Mayo Man schooled well this morning and goes to Musselburgh in good form.
“We decided to give him a little break after Newbury. He likes good ground so it made sense to freshen him up with a view to the spring.
“He has done all his winning over two miles. He has the two entries at Cheltenham, but I am very happy with what he has been doing at this trip.”
Nicky Henderson’s was responsible for last year’s runner-up Brain Power, now a leading Champion Hurdle contender, and bids to go one better with five-year-old Lough Derg Spirit (Nico de Boinville).
The point-to-point graduate impressed on his hurdling debut at Kempton Park before finishing fourth behind Capitaine in Ascot’s G2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial in December.
Champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls runs recent Taunton scorer High Secret (Sam Twiston-Davies), who has a rating of 95 on the Flat.
The line-up is completed by Leicester winner London Prize (Ian Williams/Will Kennedy), last month’s Musselburgh second Stipulate (Brian Ellison/Henry Brooke) and Optima Petamus (Patrick Holmes/John Kington).
Michael Shinners, Racing PR Manager at Sky Bet, said: “This promises to be another informative renewal of the Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Trial, with Peter The Mayo Man setting a good standard after his impressive display at Newbury.
“High Secret was a progressive stayer on the Flat for Sir Mark Prescott and won nicely on his hurdling debut at Taunton, while Lough Derg Spirit should have more to offer after just two starts under Rules.”