A wonderful day for Gordon Elliot yesterday, training the winners of the Supreme Novice, the NH Chase and the Mares Hurdle; it just goes to show how important patronage is in the world of Racing given how the shift of horses from Willie Mullins to him by Gigginstown has pushed him up the ladder. Today Willie Mullins will be hoping things go smoothly with Douvan who has won 14 of his 15 races (his only defeat coming in his first ever race at Saint Malo) and who will start at terribly prohibitive odds for the Champion Chase.
The one man who remains so consistent is Nicky Henderson; the Lambourn vibes about Buveur D’Air were spot on and training the first two in the Champion Hurdle and the winner of the Arkle was a great result for him, Lambourn, Noel Fehily and Nico de Boinville. Nicky today saddles the 152 rated Might Bite (shown here winning a Chase at Doncaster by 30 lengths) in the RSA Chase; he was desperately unlucky in the traditional prep for staying Novices, the Feltham, at Kempton on Boxing Day and goes to Cheltenham this afternoon with a favourite’s chance.
Edwulf lived up to his Naas performance by coming into yesterday's NH Chase going to the second last only to go wrong at the last when chasing the winner and clear of the rest; God Willing he will live to fight another day and got up safely which was splendid to see.
As I touched on yesterday our younger horses are for the most part ticking over this week and are not doing any significant fast work; we will restart quicker work next week as it is so important to wait until they are ready before stepping their work up.