Garde La Victoire set for jumping test in Haldon Gold Cup

Garde La Victoire

Garde La Victoire has won three and his five chase starts

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PHILIP HOBBS is hoping Garde La Victoire can dispel any doubts surrounding his jumping when he returns to fences in next week’s 188Bet Haldon Gold Cup.

A faller in Grade 1 novice chases at the big spring festivals at Cheltenham and Aintree last season, the seven-year-old gained a confidence-boosting success in the Welsh Champion Hurdle this month.

Speaking in his Racing Post Stable Tour, Hobbs said: “He did very well as a novice last season until he finished his campaign with a couple of falls, and because of that I’d have a little doubt about his jumping until he’s got round safely again.

“He’s a very good horse, though, and if he can get his jumping together it’ll be a big plus for us. I was delighted with his comeback at Ffos Las where he won the Welsh Champion Hurdle, which would have given his confidence a big boost, and he’ll go back over fences now for the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter.”

Hobbs will be searching for a third Haldon Gold Cup victory with the former Greatwood Hurdle winner, having scored with Monkerhostin (2005) and Planet Of Sound (2009).

Read more about Philip Hobbs’s stars for the season in Monday’s Racing Post – download the edition on iPad now


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