Wolf let loose
Neon Wolf extended our flying start to 2017 with a deeply impressive success in the Grade 2 £30,000 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.
Backed as though defeat was out of the question he eased into the lead on the bend turning for home, winged the third last flight and stretched clear of the 145 rated Elgin to win by nine lengths.
It was a striking performance by this big, imposing six year old who was racing for only the fourth time in his life.
The more Neon Wolf does, the more he comes alive which is why he is so exciting as he has a terrific engine and is a three mile chaser in the making.
He joined us after after winning a Point-to-Point in Ireland and rather surprised us by the ease of his victory in his bumper at Uttoxeter.
He then won nicely on his debut over hurdles at Exeter and took another big step forward at Haydock where he jumped really well and showed bags of pace for a horse who will definitely stay further in time.
Noel felt he has bags of potential though he would not want to be running on quick ground.
We were thinking of taking Neon Wolf to Ascot for a race over two miles, five furlongs until he shone in a piece of work at the weekend.
Even so we were a bit worried about bringing him back to two miles on a sharp track like Haydock and never expected him to romp home like he did.
The time of his race was a second and a half quicker than that taken by The New One in winning the Champion Hurdle Trial!
All options are open now for Neon Wolf. We are not ruling anything in or out and if the ground came up soft at Cheltenham we would have to look seriously at either the Supreme or the Neptune for him.
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