Champ probably had a bit of a “write-off” season last year. He was struggling with soundness, especially in his back – where he had a lot of work done to correct a kissing spine.
For the last few seasons he’s been mixing chasing and hurdling, though last season there was certainly more of an emphasis on revitalising him as a hurdler.
It looks like the team are persisting with this narrative, and this can only help Champ, who’s probably the best horse in the race.
He has had his issues, but all roads hopefully start here leading to a successful season hurdling. Top chance on ability.