Champion entry likely for Elgin

19 February 2018 03:52:12 EST

Connections of Kingwell Hurdle winner Elgin are keen to supplement their charge into next month's Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Alan King-trained six-year-old produced a career-best effort to hold off Ch'tibello and win Saturday's feature event at Wincanton.

We'll definitely have a look at supplementing him for the Champion Hurdle.

Dan Downie

Elgin has five wins from ten starts over timber and impressively landed the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham back in November.

He finished seventh in last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and having progressed measurably this season, he could now be set for a tilt at the likes of Buveur D'air in the 13th March showpiece.

Elgin earned £34,000 for winning the Kingwell Hurdle, ensuring connections won't have to dig too deep for the £20,000 supplementary fee to get him into the Champion Hurdle line-up.

Dan Downie, racing manager for owners Elite Racing, said; "We thought he'd probably come on a bit having had a break after Ascot. He had been in very good form at home, but we knew it was going to be tough with a penalty. We were really chuffed with the way he did it.

"We'll definitely have a look at supplementing him for the Champion Hurdle. We don't have to do anything until 7th March. We'll see how he is, but I imagine that would be the route we'd go down.

"He's done nothing but improve and he likes the track, which is a big plus.

"He would have learnt a huge amount in the Supreme last year, which was a bit of a culture shock for him. They can go one of two ways after that and he's gone absolutely the right way, learnt from it and manned up.

"His jumping has become a lot more slick. He's just coming into himself, which is great."

Elgin can be backed at 1/1 to win the Champion Hurdle. Reigning champ Buveur D'air is 4/6 for Nicky Henderson after an imperious season so far, while Faugheen is 6/1 to regain the crown he wore in 2015 for Willie Mullins.

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