Punters concerned that good ground at the Cheltenham Festival would hinder Grandouet’s chances in the JCB Triumph Hurdle have been told by jockey Barry Geraghty that there is no reason to be.
Grandouet has risen to the head of the Triumph Hurdle betting market at 8/1 after back-to-back victories on softer ground at Newbury and Ascot.
However, there are still question marks on how Nicky Henderson’s four-year-old would fare on faster ground, particularly as the only time he has encountered conditions of this nature to date, he finished outside of the first three.
But Geraghty has no such concerns and feels that the French recruit will be a leading contender in the Triumph Hurdle regardless of the state of the underfoot conditions.
Geraghty told At The Races: “He has plenty of pace so he would go on any ground – he is very versatile.”
The jockey added that the horse could not have been any more impressive on his latest start and the professionalism of his jumping means that he is going in the right direction in terms of improvement ahead of Cheltenham.
A victory for Grandouet in the Triumph Hurdle would also mean a second straight success in the Cheltenham race for owner Simon Munir, who was involved with Soldatino last year.
Meanwhile, there is a strong chance that the horse will have one final visit to the racecourse ahead of Cheltenham, with the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton next month the likely option.
Marsh Warbler is the second favourite in the Triumph Hurdle odds at 10/1 and is on a three-race winning run, while Sam Winner, Unaccompanied and Kazzene are among the contenders priced at 12/1.
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