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International Hurdle Preview

International Hurdle

Preview – International Hurdle 

If there’s an aspiring Champion Hurdle candidate in this recognised trial it is probably multiple scorer ELIXIR DE NUTZ.

Colin Tizzard reckons he has the wherewithal to develop towards a tilt at the hurdling crown but to achieve that he needs to fire an early shot over the boughs of these foes.

His absence of not far short of a year was due to an injury incurred after a hat-trick of novice hurdle wins, two at this track followed by the prestigious Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.

PENTLAND HILLS claimed the Triumph Hurdle as the second of his three successes as a juvenile in an unbeaten season that also included the big 4yo hurdle at Aintree in April. Considering he only started his career at Plumpton in February he must be looked upon as something special but there is a slight question mark against his ability to handle cut in the ground.

That comment does not apply to the older CALL ME LORD who in my view is the undoubted joker in the pack. He doesn’t see the racecourse very often but his placed efforts in successive Imperial Cups give him the experience edge and he will almost certainly represent value following a comeback defeat at Ascot.

CH’TIBELLO showed his liking for this course when giving Dan Skelton a first Festival winner in the County Hurdle in March. His career path escalated following a breathing operation and his subsequent third to Supasundae at Aintree was also a cracking effort.

A fascinating contender is the Australian-trained BIG BLUE who is top class down under but a complete wild card as far as British pundits are concerned. However his connections are to be praised for the ambition of bringing him over, as it seems an eternity since the likes of Crisp, Royal Mail and Grand Canyon plundered our shores from the Antipodes.

Prediction – International Hurdle

1st – Call Me Lord

2nd – Elixir De Nuts

3rd – Pentland Hills

4th – Ch’tibello

5th – Big Blue

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