Paul Townend previews his ride on Haut En Couleurs on the final day of the Punchestown Festival
He is entitled to improve a lot for Cheltenham. It was a big ask to run him in the Triumph Hurdle on his first run for us. He far from disgraced himself.
He has three and a half lengths to find with Quilixios and I think it will be a different race this time. We are hoping he can find those few lengths of improvement.
There is an interesting runner coming over from France in Mica Malpic for J. P. [McManus) and David Cottin, who won first time out and finished last the next day when something must have been wrong. Zanahiyr didn’t turn up in Cheltenham so I would expect a bigger run from him.
I am quietly confident we can find a bit of improvement from Haut En Couleurs and hopefully that will be good enough to put him in the shake-up again.