Four horses who would have thrived in a 2m4f hurdle at Cheltenham
The epitome of versatility, he won 16 races over hurdles, two on the Flat as well as victories over fences and in a bumper – all coming over a range of distances. The popular chestnut got his name on the Champion Hurdle roll of honour but showed his best form over further, winning the 2m4f Aintree Hurdle a record four times.
Came along during a golden era of two-mile hurdlers and was fourth in one of the strongest runnings of the Champion Hurdle in 2006, finishing behind Brave Inca, Macs Joy and Hardy Eustace. A different proposition over two and a half miles, he dominated the Aintree Hurdle with three victories in four years between 2005-08.
Finished third in the 2011 Champion Hurdle before going down the staying route at the following two festivals. Sent off favourite for the 2013 World Hurdle, in which he was pulled up, he never really proved he got three miles and was much more at home over slightly shorter.
The New One
Has competed in four Champion Hurdles with his best finish coming at his first attempt in 2014 when third after being hampered early on. A admirably tough and consistent sort who has sometimes been found wanting for a turn of foot, two and a half miles finishing up the Cheltenham hill are arguably his optimum conditions.
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