Elgin deserves his shot at the big boys in Champion Hurdle
All credit to the Elite Racing Club, who stumped up £20,000 to supplement the progressive Kingwell Hurdle winner Elgin for tomorrow’s Champion Hurdle, and if he finishes in the first four he will bring home a profit for his sporting owners.
Alan said:”Elgin has climbed 21lb in the ratings this season and deserves to take his chance. His new mark of 161 puts him higher than the second, fourth and sixth last year, and it was a career-best performance last time at Wincanton, where he was in front plenty soon enough and was giving weight to horses who were rated above him.
“If you take out the favourite it looks a wide-open Champion this year, and Elgin has continued progressing right through the winter and is now much more the finished article.
“Looking back, he learned an awful lot in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – he had never been so quick but I think it made a man of him.”
Our only other runner on day one of the Festival is Midnight Tour in the Grade 1 Mares Hurdle, and, assessing her chances, Alan added:”I could see her running well – she was a bit unlucky at Warwick, where she was nearly taken out when pushed wide at the second last.
“Midnight Tour recovered well and finished best of all, and, though she is not rated to win, she’ll be staying on up the hill and might outrun her odds.”