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Gavin Cromwell mulling over daring Champion Hurdle tilt with smart novice My Mate Mozzie


Trainer Gavin Cromwell

Trainer Gavin Cromwell

Trainer Gavin Cromwell

Gavin Cromwell could be preparing for another daring Champion Hurdle coup with smart novice hurdler My Mate Mozzie a possible contender for the opening day feature at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The combination of a particularly strong Supreme – with future stars like Jonbon, Constitution Hill, Sir Gerhard and Dysart Dynamo all possibly involved – and a weak Champion Hurdle field, aside from defending champion Honeysuckle, has Cromwell mulling over his options.

Already a Grade Three winner, My Mate Mozzie was just pipped in the Grade One Royal Bond in Fairyhouse at the end of November and could bid to become Cromwell's second Champion Hurdle winner after the ill-fated Espoir D'allen prevailed three years ago.

"He’ll go to the Dublin Racing Festival for the Grade One (Tattersalls Ireland) two-mile novice. We’ll go from there on to Cheltenham," Cromwell told Racing TV.

"He has an entry in the Champion Hurdle and it could be an option the way the Supreme is looking. If you take the mare (Honeysuckle) out of the Champion, it’s a different type of race and the Supreme looks very hot on paper at the moment.

"He’s by no means certain to be going for a Champion Hurdle, but we thought we’d make the entry and leave our options open."

My Mate Mozzie is a general 66/1 chance as the six-year-old bids to follow in the footsteps of stablemate Darver Star, which was placed in the Royal Bond before chasing home Epatante when third in the 2020 Champion Hurdle later that season.

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