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Ryan Potter eyes Betfair Hurdle success at Newbury with Jetoile

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Trainer Ryan Potter, in his second season, is relishing the prospect of challenging for the biggest race of his career when running Jetoile in the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday, February 12.

Jetoile, who finished second to Supreme Novices’ Hurdle favourite, Constitution Hill on his latest start, is among 31 horses to stand their ground after the latest scratching stage for Britain’s richest handicap hurdle, the feature race of Betfair Super Saturday.

The seven-year-old is a 12-1 chance in the sponsor’s betting which is headed by the Colin Tizzard-trained Jpr One on 6-1, with Broomfield Burg, Knappers Hill and Onemorefortheroad next on 8-1.

Btefair Super Saturday always attracts a big crowd at Newbury Racecourse
Btefair Super Saturday always attracts a big crowd at Newbury Racecourse

Since taking out a licence midway through the 2020-21 campaign, 33-year-old Potter has sent out 12 winners from his base in Sellack, Ross-on-Wye.

Jetoile has contributed two of his victories with wins at Chepstow and Leicester before finishing second in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.

“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,” said Potter. “It’s only my second season.

“Jetoile is coming along brilliantly,” he admitted. “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.”

Potter is based at the former yard of John Edwards, whose best horse Pearlyman won the Game Spirit Chase, also part of the Betfair Hurdle card, in 1987.

“I was training pointers but it all stopped because of the pandemic,” said Potter. “By then I had already done some of my modules for the trainers’ course so I thought this was the time to go for it.”

“Everyone knows the Betfair Hurdle is going to be really competitive,” he added. “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.”

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