X

Sunday 18
August

Horse Racing

Champion Hurdle bid for Apple's Jade

3rd February 2019, 14:12 by Gareth Freeman

Gordon Elliott says the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival is now a likely target for Apple's Jade.

The trainer had initially planned on a different race at the Festival but after Apple's Jade secured a convincing 16-length win over Supasundae in the Irish Champion Hurdle on Saturday Elliott feels a tilt at the Champion Hurdle is now on the agenda.

"Before yesterday I would have said that the Mares' Hurdle was the race to go for but she ran in the Mares' Hurdle last year and got beat," Elliott told Racing TV's Luck On Sunday programme.

"Talking about it last night and looking at the re-runs this morning - I'd prefer to get beat in a Champion Hurdle than a Mares' Hurdle.

"We'll all have a view but whatever Michael [O'Leary of Gigginstown House Stud, the owner] says will go. Speaking to him this morning, the mare is OK after the race yesterday, we'd be mad not to give it a go."

Apple's Jade will come up against Buveur d'Air if she does contest the Champion Hurdle and Elliott feels his charge can compete with Nick Henderson's star.

He added: "He's [Buveur d'Air] obviously a very good horse who does what he has to do every day and is a horse I'd love to train but we'll take him on," added Elliott.

"Up until yesterday I would have been very nervous but to do what she did yesterday was very good, she loves a battle and I think Cheltenham suits her better than Leopardstown."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

More Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Glorious Journey set for Group One chance

17th August 2019, 19:08

Glorious Journey could be handed a Group One chance following his victory in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.

Horse Racing

Arizona ready for Deauville test

17th August 2019, 18:48

Trainer Aidan O'Brien believes Arizona is in "good form" ahead of the renewal of the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

Horse Racing

Advertise set for September action

16th August 2019, 16:30

Advertise looks set to be handed the chance to claim a third Group One success of the season in the Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 7.

Horse Racing

Top duo to do battle at York

16th August 2019, 16:09

Magical and Enable are being lined up for another head-to-head clash in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks next Thursday.

Horse Racing

Dubawi Fifty doubt for Ebor

15th August 2019, 17:39

Karen McLintock hopes Dubawi Fifty will be able to contest the Ebor at York but has an alternative target in mind.

Horse Racing

Sir Dragonet set for Curragh return

15th August 2019, 17:35

Sir Dragonet is in line for a first appearance since June in the Group Three Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh on Friday.

Recent Sport Headlines

Cricket

Lord's braced for final day thriller

17th August 2019, 19:56

England will take a 104-run lead into the final day of the second Ashes Test with the result at Lord's remaining firmly in the balance.

Horse Racing

Glorious Journey set for Group One chance

17th August 2019, 19:08

Glorious Journey could be handed a Group One chance following his victory in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.

Horse Racing

Arizona ready for Deauville test

17th August 2019, 18:48

Trainer Aidan O'Brien believes Arizona is in "good form" ahead of the renewal of the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

Golf

Pieters leads the way in Prague

17th August 2019, 18:30

Thomas Pieters will take a one-shot into the final round of the Czech Masters after carding a round of 66 on Saturday.

Rugby Union

Wales top rankings after seeing off England

17th August 2019, 18:09

Wales will move to the top of the world rankings for the first time on Monday after seeing off England 13-6 on Saturday.

Liverpool

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

17th August 2019, 17:48

Liverpool maintained their winning start to the new Premier League season with a slender 2-1 win against Southampton at St Mary’s.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth

17th August 2019, 17:48

Aston Villa have started the new season with back-to-back defeats after Bournemouth claimed a 2-1 triumph at Villa Park on Saturday.

West Ham United

Brighton 1-1 West Ham

17th August 2019, 17:48

West Ham picked up their first point of the new Premier League season after holding Brighton to a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.