Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls looks to have unearthed another gem this season in the form of hot novice hurdler, Dodging Bullets. The Master of Ditcheat has been on top of the pile when it comes to National Hunt Trainers for the past seven years and he will be delighted with the seasonal debut of Dodging Bullets. The horse won his first race under rules at Cheltenham over the weekend to ear mark himself out as a potential contender for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Festival in March. Nicholls was clearly delighted with the run as looks for a younger generation of horses to replace legends like Kauto Star, Denman and Master Minded who have carried the hopes of the yard for so many years. Nicky Henderson is the warm favourite to claim the Trainers Championship this season to end the dominant Nicholls run but the Ditcheat Trainer will not give up his crown without a fight with the big races at Cheltenham and Aintree likely to be the main target for both trainers.
Dodging Bullets ran a good race at Cheltenham last season when he trailed in fourth in the Triumph Hurdle and already he looks to be a better horse this campaign based on his seasonal debut. Ruby Walsh had very little to do after the last in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle on Saturday as he left good horses like Hi Note and Baby Mix trailing in his wake to impress the bookmakers. Most of the major online firms were quick to slash Dodging Bullets in the Supreme Novices Hurdle Betting and he certainly looks like a horse to follow ahead of the Festival. Nicholls confirmed that Dodging Bullets is likely to be seen next in another novice hurdle at the Paddy Power Meeting in November which should give us another chance to see how good he really is. At the moment he is the second favourite in the ante post Supreme Betting behind the exciting Don Cossack who is yet to appear this season for Gordon Elliott in Ireland.