Trainer Nicky Henderson hopes Cheltenham Festival winner Champ can freshen up his jump for next year’s Gold Cup
- Champ produced an extraordinary display in pursuit of RSA Insurance Novices
- The gelding won despite generally being slower than the rivals
- He stormed home from a seemingly impossible position to achieve victory
Trainer Nicky Henderson formulates a plan to send Champ back to the jumping school with former trainer Henrietta Knight, ahead of a possible chance for the biggest jumping prizes next season.
Barry Geraghty-ridden Champ produced one of the moments of the Cheltenham Festival and stormed home from a seemingly impossible victory in the RSA Chase.
The JP McManus gelding, which fell heavily on his previous run, won despite being slower than his main RSA Chase rivals over the fence.
Champ delivered an extraordinary performance in pursuit of RSA Insurance Novices
In the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival, Racemail highlighted how Knight, who trained the late three-time Gold Cup winner Best Mate along with her late husband Terry Biddlecombe, has become a sought-after resource for teaching horses how to jump and solve problems.
Henderson said, “You should say the Gold Cup is the plan and maybe the King George on the way.
“I talked to JP McManus about it and I already mentioned it to Henrietta Knight, where I would like to let him go in the fall, to do an intensive Jumping session so that we will get slicker and better. Then I think he is a Gold Cup horse. ‘
Henderson wrote in his Unibet blog that unplaced Champion Hurdle runner Pentland Hills may need another breath surgery, while King George VI Chase winner Might Bite 2017, who finished seventh at Easysland in the Cross Country Chase, will keep one eye on cross country chase. on the 2021 Grand National.
Altior, who was denied the chance to win a third queen-champion Chase due to a leg problem, will remain at two miles next year.