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Structure Hill: Racing star to remain over hurdles

Constitution Hill ridden by Nico de Boinville
Structure Hill has received all seven of his begins over hurdles

Structure Hill will likely be aimed toward one other Champion Hurdle win this season, says coach Nicky Henderson.

He was described as ‘the horse of a technology’ after successful the large race at Cheltenham by 9 lengths in March.

Henderson had beforehand mentioned his secure star might swap to fences.

“After a variety of deliberating and a variety of recommendation from everyone on the earth, as a result of everyone desires a bit of this, he’s going to remain over hurdles,” he mentioned.

Structure Hill has received all seven of his begins over hurdles, by an mixture of 89 lengths, however was tried over the bigger obstacles with a view to going steeplechasing.

His proprietor Michael Buckley had beforehand mentioned he dreamed of his horse emulating Daybreak Run 37 years in the past by successful the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup.

“On the finish of the day I do not assume it was the toughest resolution I’ve ever made. Folks will ask if we have schooled him over fences and why have we come to this resolution,” mentioned Henderson.

“He would soar fences along with his eyes shut, if we wished him to, however the foundation of the choice was we needed to be 100 per cent positive that he would keep three and 1 / 4 miles [in the Gold Cup].

“There was nothing to be gained by switching to fences by operating in an Arkle, Champion Chase and probably a Ryanair, nice races although they’re, however the Champion Hurdle is the Champion Hurdle, so if you will run in something you would possibly as nicely keep on with what you understand.

“I dare say there will likely be loads of folks saying that is unimaginative, however there was little question in [jockey] Nico’s [De Boinville] thoughts, stamina was prone to be a significant problem and the one level in doing it was if one felt he might turn into a Gold Cup horse.

“For all three of us the choice was unanimous. You would possibly say why did it take three months, however all of us felt it was the proper resolution.”



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