The five year old Maxxum was one of the biggest movers over the Christmas period for Gordon Elliott with the Patrick Rabbitt owned gelding now the 4/1 stand alone favourite for the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Final from 25/1.
Since joining Gordon Elliott in October the gelding has gone from strength to strength, making an exciting seasonal debut when second over 2m 4 1/2f at Punchestown in a 21 runner handicap off a mark of 99.
Being seen next at Navan in a similar event off 103, he got off the mark for the season in a big way landing the big fielded handicap by nine lengths, with the step up in trip to 2m6f playing to his strengths.
Raised to a mark of 120 for his run over Christmas when running in a qualifier for the Cheltenham event, he absolutely bolted up by 16 lengths to make a mockery of the field and his handicap mark.
Moved into the 4/1 favourite from 25s for the Pertemps final, he has been moved up 17lb by the Irish handicapper to a mark of 137, with it yet to be seen what the English handicapper will do.