CAN SUSSEX-BASED MOORE OVERCOME CHELTENHAM WOES?

Gary Moore endured the pain of failure at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival when Goshen unseated Jamie Moore at the final jump of the Triumph Hurdle. The gasps of horror echoed around the racecourse as a dominant performance and a rare victory at Cheltenham was snatched away from the Moores in the most unfortunate of circumstances. The Sussex-based trainer vowed to compete again at the Festival with his charge, but he was well beaten in the Champion Hurdle in the 2021 event. Goshen’s hopes of winning a major event at the Festival appear to be over, much to the dismay of Moore.

However, there is hope for the future with the talented charge Editeur Du Gite ready to make an impact after producing a fine start to the 2021/22 season. The French thoroughbred is an outsider at the moment for the Champion Chase, being backed at the horse racing betting odds at 40/1 to triumph in the event. If you look at the racing tips tomorrow and for the future, you will see that the outstanding Shishkin is the favourite to win the event and rightfully so due to the standard of his performances in his career. Therefore, it will take a special effort for Moore’s charge to defeat Shishkin and even to finish in the top three of the races given the quality of the rest of the field.

Editeur Du Gite does have encouraging form in the National Hunt this term after turning the corner towards the end of the last campaign. The French thoroughbred won his final two races of the 2020/21 season, including the Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree Festival with a fine performance as a 9/1 outsider. However, those victories appeared to be a false dawn in the opening race of the new term when he brought back memories of Goshen by unseating Jamie Moore at the final fence of the Byrne Group Handicap Chase at Ascot, halting a potential surge towards the line when he was competing for the win.

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The response to his disappointing start was emphatic from Editeur Du Gite with a change of jockey in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase. Niall Houlihan took the reins for the race at Cheltenham and brought out the best in the seven-year-old as he cleared all the fences with authority before surging towards the line. Houlihan pressed his charge all the way to the line where he just had enough to beat out the favourite Stolen Silver by a neck.

Houlihan was again on point with Moore’s charge in the Simon Claisse Handicap Chase in December at Cheltenham. On this occasion, Editeur Du Gite was flawless over the course of the race and delivered a dominant victory by four lengths to raise the possibility of a challenge in the Champion Chase. He has performed well against inferior opponents, but the test of his ability will come against quality competitors. The fact that he has won at Cheltenham this season is encouraging, but it will take a display of a lifetime to earn redemption for Moore on the grand stage.

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