Having landed handicap hurdles
at Aintree and Haydock, Paisley Park gave his trainer, and jockey Aidan Coleman, a first top-level success in the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle
at Ascot three days before Christmas.
THE Unibet Champion Hurdle
remains the Cheltenham target for Faugheen rather than the Stayers' Hurdle
despite his defeat by Supasundae in the Irish Champion Hurdle
Back over hurdles
at Fairyhouse, an excellent effort to finish second to Value At Risk in a Grade 2.
HARRY FRY has confirmed last year's Champion Hurdle
hero Rock On Ruby is "quite likely to run" in the 32Red Hurdle
at Doncaster's additional fixture on Monday.
McCain said: "He's going back over hurdles
and I'd say we'd probably start him off in the Ascot Hurdle
over two and a half miles.
Top northern trainer Howard Johnson is represented by Inglis Drever, a winner at Aintree and second at last year's festival in the Royal & Sun Alliance Hurdle
, while Gerard Butler's smart Flat performer Compton Bolter - who has never run over hurdles
- has been given an entry.
The initial drills might include walking lunges or controlled, deliberate leg lifts over track hurdles
, and then gradually advancing to high knee skips and lateral shuffles.
Many promising hurdles
have been identified, although application of the concept has been largely restricted to the meat sector.
The six-year-old has been restricted to just two runs over hurdles
, finishing fourth behind Istabraq in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle
at Cheltenham in March on the second occasion.
type, speed hurdles
are classified as a step hurdle
, adjustable hurdle
, agility cone hurdle
, self-return hurdle
, bounce back hurdle
& collapsible hurdle
They include Yorkhill, winner of the JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, who has not run over hurdles
for 18 months.
WELSH owner Dai Walters has confirmed Oscar Whisky will remain over hurdles
this season instead of embarking on a career over fences.