It Remains To Be Seen If There’s A Chink In Douvan’s Armour
Buveur D’Air put himself right in contention for the Champion Hurdle after that very impressive performance in the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday, especially now that Faugheen has been ruled out.
Saturday’s Sandown Action
Barry Geraghty gave him a great ride and he won very snug. He travelled well and couldn’t have done any more. He will have to step up in class for the Champion Hurdle and it’ll be a big jump for him, but with Faugheen out of the race, he has every chance.
Top Notch was another good winner for Nicky Henderson in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown. Daryl Jacob gave him a good mount and he is right up there in the betting for the JLT Novices’ Chase.
He’s well entitled to be there and is a great hurdler.
I was very impressed with him.
Douvan was ultra-impressive in the BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday and you could never say he looked in doubt at any extent. He jumped very well and won as easy as you like.
Looking ahead to Cheltenham, it’s very difficult to see anything opposing him. Ruby seemed very happy with him and he’s just such a quality horse to travel with great cruising speed.
He settled so well also and jumped well and it’s hard to see if there’s a chink in his armour.
It remains to be seen!
Isleofhopeanddreams won well yesterday. He travelled into the race very well and quickened up well. It looked like a very competitive race on paper beforehand. He looks like he’ll be very competitive in these big three mile handicaps.