It is also important for initiating the hurdling
action and the quickness of the touch-down off the hurdle as well as the quickness of the sprinter-hurdler between the hurdles.
The 2007 Champion Bumper winner Cork All Star also found life difficult when he went hurdling
He produced a more fluent hurdling
display when signing off last season with a win in the Top Novices' at Aintree, so will line up on Sunday with confidence in the jumping department fully restored.
As the hurdling
legend prepares to extend his record-breaking sequence of 17 consecutive wins, Nicholls, speaking at his open day yesterday, said: "This season's campaign will probably follow a similar route, taking in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, the Long Walk, World Hurdle and Liverpool Hurdle.
Racing in a vintage period of hurdling
, Monksfield was every inch a champion, a horse who was brilliantly campaigned by his young and then largely unknown trainer, Des McDonogh.