Court Minstrel: " a good horse and a very smart novice"PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Williams: More to come from Court Minstrel
EVAN WILLIAMS is convinced the best is still to come from Court Minstrel, who finished fourth behind Melodic Rendezvous in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle this month.
The six-year-old, who is owned by Janet Davies, won at Cheltenham in October before finishing third in a Grade 2 novice there a month later.
He was beaten 15 lengths in the Tolworth and Williams believes he will continue to improve.
"Make no mistake, he's a good horse and a very smart novice," the trainer told the Racing & Football Outlook.
"I don't regret running him in the Tolworth against Melodic Rendezvous as it told me more about him than it would have if we'd run in a small novice.
"Ideally he could do with another run in novice company as he's still learning to settle; he's getting better and he's not the finished article yet."
Court Minstrel, generally 16-1 for next month's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, is 50-1 for the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but half that price for the Neptune Investement Management Novices' Hurdle.
Read more from Evan Williams on his string in his Trainer File in the Racing & Football Outlook - out on Tuesday. Download the digital edition