Cheltenham Festival 2019: Espoir D’Allen given vote of confidence by trainer Gavin Cromwell

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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.

Gavin Cromwell believes Espoir D'Allen can pack a punch in the Champion Hurdle
Gavin Cromwell believes Espoir D’Allen can pack a punch in the Champion Hurdle

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.”

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