Hillcrest made nearly all of the operating to stay unbeaten this season within the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – the primary race at Cheltenham in 2022.
Educated by Henry Daly, the seven-year-old lacks nothing in measurement and clearly has his fair proportion of capacity as properly.
Having gained at Aintree and Wetherby this season, he was despatched off a 3/1 probability to deal with the step as much as Listed firm.
Richard Patrick bounced him out into an early lead and he gave the impression to be going properly inside himself for a lot of the competition.
The Nicky Henderson-trained favorite I Am Maximus, who had sweated up beforehand and raced on and off the bridle, seemed a menace coming into the straight however Hillcrest towered above him.
Whereas the favorite briefly hit the entrance for a number of strides, Patrick had not requested his mount for all the pieces and when he did there was nonetheless loads left within the tank and he pulled two lengths clear.
Betfair launched the winner at 25/1 for the Ballymore in March and 16/1 for the Albert Bartlett.
“He is taller than my measuring stick will go, and when he arrived on the yard he weighed in at 693 kilos. Most of mine are 520 (kg), which places it into perspective,” mentioned Daly.
“He is massive and he is very proficient. He is had a lob spherical and Richard by no means needed to choose up his stick.
“He would not need to make the operating and he is received a fantastic thoughts on him. I simply wished to see what he was like on an undulating monitor.
“If you suppose what a chaser appears like, it’ll seem like him. He is an actual Trevor (Hemmings) horse.”