ESPOIR D’ALLEN is on the hunt for Champion Hurdle gold – and Gavin Cromwell believes he has the form to be right up there.
The trainer’s stable star is a general 20-1 shot for the big race after a hat-trick of wins in Grade 3 company.
Although yet to contest a race in open company at the top level, the son of Voix Du Nord has more than earned his place.
With a comfortable victory in the Limestone Lad last time following an easy victory in the Irish Independent Hurdle, the five-year-old heads to Cheltenham with an upward profile.
Cromwell said: “We’re getting close, and tensions are building, but thankfully everything has gone well so far. He had a racecourse gallop after Navan on Saturday, and that went well.
“He’s kept improving. He doesn’t show us that much at home, but he keeps winning – and that’s a very important thing.
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“It is a huge step, but I think he’s quite entitled to go there – and hopefully he can perform on the day.”
“It’s looking like a very good Champion Hurdle – Buveur D’Air, Apple’s Jade and Laurina are all top-class horses.
“I think he (Espoir D”Allen) stays well, and the hill should play to his benefit – I don’t think the track is going to be a problem.
“It’s fantastic to have a runner in Cheltenham, especially in one of the championship races.
“It’s very exciting times for myself and everyone in the yard.”