Big Blue primed for Cheltenham trip
Trainer David Eustace is looking forward to seeing Big Blue in action this side of the pond ahead of a potential Cheltenham trip.
When part of Andre Fabre's stable, Big Blue was placed at Group One level in France before then switching to Australia at the end of 2016, where he won the 2018 St Leger at Randwick and the Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool back in May.
The seven-year-old is now trained by former jumps rider Ciaron Maher in partnership with Eustace, who is believed to be mulling over the possibility of sending his charge to Prestbury Park.
Ahead of that potential trip, Eustace is keen to see how the Galileo gelding handles himself in Britain and whether he can be a challenger for some of the big races.
"He's obviously a very good stayer and a good jumper, too, who has got to the top level here," he told www.racing.com. "He's got very, very sporting owners in Colin McKenna, among many others. Ciaron and everyone's love of racing in the team makes it really exciting.
"It will be very interesting to see how he measures up. He was obviously a very high-class flat horse in France and a good jumper here, so it will be really interesting and a real adventure."
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